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Doctors of the Dark Side

Arguably the single greatest scandal in the history of American medical ethics.”

– Nathaniel Raymond, Physicians for Human Rights

“An extraordinarily valuable film”

– Robert Jay Lifton, Author of The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide.

“A compelling documentary about a little-known aspect of America’s worst human rights scandal in decades. Doctors of the Dark Side raises profound questions of the capacity of professional bodies to govern their members, of institutions to achieve justice, and of humanity to morally devolve.”  

 Georgetown Law Weekly


The use of torture by the United States military is attracting increasing amounts of attention with the Academy Award nomination of Katherine Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty; Shelter Island is proud to announce the release of the award-winning documentary Doctors of the Dark Side.

Doctors of the Dark Side exposes the scandal of how American physicians and psychologists facilitated the torture of detainees in U.S.-controlled military prisons. It is the first feature-length documentary about how health care professionals actively implemented and covered up the tortures. This little-known story is told by military, legal and medical experts and portrayed through staged demonstrations of the doctors’ role in the Enhanced Interrogation Techniques (EITs) as spelled out in declassified government documents.

From director Martha Davis, the film is narrated by Academy Award and Golden Globe Winner Mercedes Ruehl (Big, Fisher King) and written by Academy Award Winner Mark Jonathan Harris (Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport, Redwoods). 

An Official Selection at the United Nations Association Film Festival and the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, the film will debut on VOD and DVD on May 7, 2013.

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