Taxi to the Dark Side–Funding Questions Arise


Alex Gibney’s Oscar winning documentary, Taxi to the Dark Side, has stirred up some questions in the doc. film making world. On a forum frequented by non-fiction filmmakers, someone asked:

I’m curious if anyone knows how Taxi to the Dark Side was financed?
The cinematography and interstitials/graphics make it look like a
high-budget government training video. I wondered whose purposes it was serving?

Responses included:

When was the last time anyone saw a “high budget government training video”?


…a training video on torture, especially if it
featured some of the people interviewed in the film, would make a
provocative companion piece.

Gibney’s Oscar speech:

Thank you very much, Academy. Here’s to all doc filmmakers. And truth is, I think my dear wife Anne was kind of hoping I’d make a romantic comedy, but honestly, after Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, extraordinary rendition, that simply wasn’t possible. This is dedicated to two people who are no longer with us: Dilawar, the young Afghan taxi driver, and my father, a Navy interrogator, who urged me to make this film because of his fury about what was being done to the rule of law. Let’s hope we can turn this country around, move away from the dark side and back to the light. Thank you very much.

HBO will show the film in September.