Ghosts of Abu Ghraib

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Ghosts of Abu Ghraib
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Directed by Rory Kennedy
Produced bySheila Nevins
Diana Barrett
Rory Kennedy
Liz Garbus
Jack Youngelson
Nancy Abraham
Written by Jack Youngelson
Music by Miriam Cutler
Cinematography Tom Hurwitz
Edited by Sari Gilman
Distributed by HBO
Release date
  • 2007 (2007)
Running time
82 minutes (Sundance Film Festival)

Ghosts of Abu Ghraib is a 2007 documentary film, directed by Rory Kennedy, that examines the events of the 2004 Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse scandal. The film premiered January 19, 2007 at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. [1]


The film aired on HBO on February 22, 2007. [2] It was also shown at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival on March 23, 2007 and at the Cleveland International Film Festival on March 25, 2007. [3]

Working Films coordinated the US national community engagement campaign with Ghosts of Abu Ghraib. It brought together the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, the American Civil Liberties Union, faith groups, and others to end US policy sanctioning torture. [4]

Critical reception

The film was nominated for 4 Emmys at the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards in the categories of Outstanding Non-Fiction Special, Outstanding Directing for Non-Fiction Programming, Outstanding Picture Editing for Non-Fiction Programming, and Outstanding Sound Editing for Non-Fiction Programming. [5] It won the award for Outstanding Non-Fiction Special. [6]

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