The Prisoner or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair | Chicago Reader

The Prisoner or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair

In a chilling scene from Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein's 2004 documentary Gunner Palace, an Iraqi journalist who mouths off to U.S. soldiers is rounded up and, we're told, sent to Abu Ghraib. This follow-up report details his nightmarish experience: after being interrogated by the army, Yunis Khatayer Abbas was charged with conspiring to kill the British prime minister during a state visit and spent nine months in the prison's horrific Camp Ganci before being released with no explanation. His story demands to be heard, though Tucker and Epperlein lack the material for a full feature and pad this out to 73 minutes with some incongruously playful elements (spy music, comic-book illustrations, scenes of Abbas frolicking at a beach).


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