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Errol Morris’ Next Doc To Be Screened For Doctors; It’s About Doctors Too

Participant Media, which produced Al Gore’s “Inconvenient Truth,” and Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) will host an unprecedented screening for health professional students at 27 U.S. medical schools of Errol Morris’ award-winning documentary “Standard Operating Procedure” on Monday, Oct. 6errol.jpg.

The simultaneous digital screening will take place at 7 p.m. (EST), followed by an online town hall-style question-and-answer session with writer/director Morris and Farnoosh Hashemian, author of PHR’s “Broken Laws, Broken Lives: Medical Evidence of US Torture and Its Impact.”

The participating schools include: Albert Einstein University; Boston University; Brown Medical School; Butler University; Case Western; Chicago Medical School; Columbia Medical School; Weill Cornell; Dartmouth; Emory; George Washington University School of Medicine; Harvard Medical School; Indiana University; Johns Hopkins; Kansas University; Philadelphia College of Medicine; Rush University; St. George’s University; Tufts University; University of Michigan; University of Minnesota; University of Rochester; University of Texas, San Antonio; University of Texas, Dallas; University of Utah; Washington University; and Wright State.

For more information, see press release below:


CONTACTS: Michael Lawson, Alice Zou, mPRm (323) 933-3399;
Danielle Fox, Physicians for Human Rights, dfox@phrusa.org, (508) 208-8839

PARTICIPANT MEDIA AND PHYSICIANS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS (PHR) TO HOST A SIMULTANEOUS DIGITAL SCREENING OF ERROL MORRIS’ STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE FOR STUDENTS AT 21 U.S. MEDICAL SCHOOLS ON OCTOBER 6TH

SCREENING WILL BE FOLLOWED BY Q&A SESSION WITH DIRECTOR MORRIS AND FARNOOSH HASHEMIAN, AUTHOR OF PHR’S BROKEN LAWS, BROKEN LIVES

Participant Media and Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) will host an unprecedented screening for health professional students at 27 U.S. medical schools of Errol Morris’ award-winning documentary STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE on Monday, October 6th. The simultaneous digital screening will take place at 7 PM EST, followed by an online town hall-style Q&A session with writer/director Morris and Farnoosh Hashemian, MPH, author of PHR’s Broken Laws, Broken Lives: Medical Evidence of US Torture and Its Impact.

John Schreiber, Participant Media’s EVP of Social Action, said, “We’re delighted to be partnering with PHR to bring this important film to medical schools across the country and to give health professional students the opportunity to discuss the treatment of prisoners at Abu Ghraib with the filmmaker and the lead author of PHR’s landmark report, “Broken Laws, Broken Lives.”

The 27 schools confirmed to participate are: Albert Einstein University; Boston University; Brown Medical School; Butler University; Case Western; Chicago Medical School; Columbia Medical School; Weill Cornell; Dartmouth; Emory; George Washington University School of Medicine; Harvard Medical School; Indiana University; Johns Hopkins; Kansas University; Philadelphia College of Medicine; Rush University; St. George’s University; Tufts University; University of Michigan; University of Minnesota; University of Rochester; University of Texas, San Antonio; University of Texas, Dallas; University of Utah; Washington University; and Wright State.

STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE, which won the Silver Bear Grand Jury Audience Award at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival, will be released on DVD by Sony Home Entertainment on October 14th. The documentary examines the context of the notorious Abu Ghraib photographs—twelve photographs that served to change the war in Iraq and America’s image of itself.

Morris isn’t interested in merely focusing on the central question of whether the photos constituted evidence of systematic torture and abuse by the American military, or merely documented the aberrant behavior of a few “bad apples.” This filmmaker has other things in mind: Why were the photographs taken? What was happening outside the frame? Talking directly to the soldiers who took the photographs and who were in the photographs, he asks: Who are these people? What were they thinking? And finally, how could American values become so compromised that Abu Ghraib—and the subsequent cover-up—could happen?

Celebrating its 20th years of investigation, advocacy, and accomplishment, Physicians for Human Rights mobilizes health professionals to advance health, dignity, and justice and promotes the right to health for all. Harnessing the specialized skills, rigor, and passion of doctors, nurses, public health specialists, and scientists, PHR investigates human rights abuses and works to stop them.

PHR recently published Broken Laws, Broken Lives as part of its Campaign Against Torture. This landmark report documents medical evidence of torture and ill-treatment inflicted on 11 men detained at U.S. facilities in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantánamo Bay, who were never charged with any crime. The physical and psychological evaluation of the detainees and documentation of the crimes are based on internationally accepted standards for clinical assessment of torture claims. The report also details the severe physical and psychological pain and long-term disability that has resulted from abusive and unlawful U.S. interrogation practices.

Participant Media is a Los Angeles-based entertainment company that focuses on socially relevant, commercially viable feature films, documentaries and television, as well as publishing and digital media. Participant Media is headed by CEO Jim Berk and was founded in 2004 by philanthropist Jeff Skoll, who serves as Chairman. Ricky Strauss is President.

Participant exists to tell compelling, entertaining stories that bring to the forefront real issues that shape our lives. For each of its projects, Participant creates extensive social action and advocacy programs which provide ideas and tools to transform the impact of the media experience into individual and community action. Participant’s films include THE KITE RUNNER, CHARLIE WILSON’S WAR, DARFUR NOW, AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK, SYRIANA, STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE and THE VISITOR.

Alice Zou
mPRm Public Relations
5670 Wilshire Blvd., Ste 2500 | Los Angeles, CA 90036
Tel: 323.933.3399 ext. 4248 Fax: 323.939.7211
Email: azou@mprm.com | www.mprm.com

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