On June 5 The Prisoner or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair makes its debut on DVD. This riveting tale of a man being wrongfully accused of a crime is so powerful we wanted to give some copies of it away to our users.
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In September 2003, freelance Iraqi cameraman Yunis Khatayer Abbas was arrested and accused of planning to kill England's Prime Minister Tony Blair. Filmmakers Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein were there -- filming Gunner Palace -- and upon learning later that Abbas ended up in Abu Ghraib, they went back to Iraq to find him. The filmmakers recount Abbas' story with the use of their embedded footage, comic-book style illustrations, clips from Abbas' home movies and interviews with the American prison guard whom he came to trust. Ultimately, the film is an extraordinary story about hope and one man's belief in the power of truth and freedom. And it is about friendship, forged in an unlikely place, and two men whose humanity proves them capable of great personal responsibility in an absurd and nightmarish situation.
In a case of mistaken identity, an Iraqi journalist's life is changed forever as his home is invaded by American soldiers and he is sent to Abu Ghraib Prison for allegedly planning the assassination of Tony Blair. Debuting on DVD on June 5 from Magnolia Home Entertainment, The Prisoner or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair, is a documentary film from Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein (Gunner Palace) that chronicles the life of Iraqi journalist Yunis Khatayer Abbas, and his experience as a detainee in the infamous Iraqi prison for over eight months. The film brilliantly conveys his nightmare, as he is sent to an overcrowded and abusive prison, subjected to a full menu of U.S. interrogation, his life threatened daily by unhealthy along with unsafe conditions.
Unique in its presentation and unlikely in its existence, The Prisoner or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair blends various elements such as Tucker's embedded footage, Yunis' home movies, testimony from an Abu Ghraib stationed American prison guard and original comic book art. Tucker and Epperlein present a documentary film which "symbolically contain[s] all the elements of a vast, complicated and enigmatic tragedy within the microcosmic story of a single individual accidentally caught up in the ghastly mess of the Iraq war." (Richard Shickel, TIME). When shooting Gunner Palace in Iraq, the filmmakers happened to film the raid where Abbas was detained. A journalist recognized him after the film's premiere compelling the filmmakers to return to Iraq to investigate the imprisonment of the innocent man. The Prisoner or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair is ultimately an extraordinary story of hope and friendship forged in an unlikely place, as two men connect through their humanity and sense of great personal responsibility in a place reputed to be rife with the opposite. The Prisoner or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair DVD is available for the suggested retail price of $26.98.
"Imagine a Franz Kafka story with illustrations by Frank Miller, and you're ready for The Prisoner or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair," --Joe Leydon, Variety
- Run Time: 72 Mins.
- Rating: PG-13
- CC: Yes
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