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Premieres: First Look Standard Operating Procedure

With post-screening discussion with director Errol Morris

Groundbreaking Academy Award–winning documentarian Errol Morris (The Thin Blue Line, The Fog of War) investigates what he calls “the mystery” behind the images that shocked the world; the torture of prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Utilizing more than 200 hours of interviews with Americans who served at the prison, the film calls into question the blurred lines between followers and leaders, humiliation and torture, and “standard operating procedure” and creative license.

“Errol Morris is like a magician, and as great a filmmaker as Hitchcock or Fellini,” Roger Ebert has said. “After 20 years of reviewing films, I haven’t found another filmmaker who intrigues me more.” Morris’ latest is guaranteed to provoke discussion, debate, and a deeper understanding of the nature of culpability inherent in these events. Following the screening, Morris will participate in a Q&A. Photographs by Nubar Alexanian, who has been granted unrestricted access to the sets of Errol Morris for the past 15 years, will be on view in the Art Lab before and after the screening, and he will be available to sign copies of his new book, Nonfiction: Photographs by Nubar Alexanian from the Film Sets of Errol Morris. 2008, 35mm, 116 minutes.

Thank you to Participant Pictures and Sony Pictures Classics.