The Prisoner or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair Poster

Release Date: March 23rd, 2007

DVD Release Date: June 5th, 2007

PG-13|54 min

Plot Summary
In 2003, Iraqi journalist Yunis Khatayer Abbas and his three brothers were arrested by American soldiers and accused of a plot to kill British Prime Minister Tony Blair. While his siblings were quickly released, Yunis spent nine months as a prisoner at Abu Ghraib, and was subjected to torture and deprivation. In this documentary, Yunis recounts his time in U.S. custody with the help of home movies, illustrative cartoons and testimony from his friend and protector, Army Spc. Benjamin Thomas.

Director: Petra Epperlein, Michael Tucker

Genres: Documentary

Keywords: Soldier, Prison, Underdog, 2000s, Gripping, Brother, Intense, House, Offbeat

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  • The film leaves us wondering about all the war stories we haven't heard. show more

  • The style is brash, and it works. Tucker and Epperlein illustrate Yunis' account of his eight-month imprisonment, much of that time spent at the notorious Abu Ghraib compound, with literal illustrations--pages seemingly torn out of a Frank Miller graphic novel. show more

  • What's troubling about the film's technique is its lack of context; we must take Yuris, who speaks serviceable English, pretty much at his word. What's troubling about his story is its ring of truth.

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