BIFF 2021: 20.-28. oktober
International documentary
Standard Operating Procedure

Standard Operating Procedure

ORIGINAL TITLE:
Standard Operating Procedure
USA / 2008 / 118 min
DIRECTOR:
Errol Morris
A shocking glimpse of what went on behind the walls of the infamous Abu Ghraib prison

The American-controlled Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq gained worldwide notoriety practically over night, when pictures of the prison guards playing perverse "games" with the inmates became headline news across the world. In STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE, legendary documentary filmmaker Errol Morris attempts to make sense not only of how these atrocities came about in the first place, but also why they seem to keep on happening.

STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE is an unflinching look at the dark side of America's "war on terror".

Errol Morris

Errol Morris (b. 1948) will go down in history as one of the greatest documentary directors of our time. His debut film GATES OF HEAVEN (1978) was widely recognized as one of the best films of the year, but it was the now legendary THE THIN BLUE LINE (1988) which would grant him a seat in the directors's hall of fame. The film not only helped free a man who was falsely accused of murder, it also stretched the audience's notion of what a documentary film could be. Among his other films, we find titles such as A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME (1992), FAST, CHEAP AND OUT OF CONTROL (1997) and THE FOG OF WAR (2003).