I know that I will only be submitting once again to my Errol Morris fixation by showing Standard Operating Procedure at this month’s Dinner and a Doc, but I just bought my own copy of the film last week, and I have not yet seen it, so that is what we will be watching. Those who have concerns about my obsessive relationship with Errol should feel free to direct them to my therapist.
The film explores the abuses that took place at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Morris, who has described the film as a non-fiction horror movie, sets out to discover the meaning of the photographs of the torture that took place in the prison, not just their sensationalized and media produced meanings or their seemingly self-evident meanings, but their broader and more contextualized meanings. Using the words of one of the soldiers that he interviewed, Morris claims that the film tries to ask what the pictures mean outside their frames.
As usual, the event will be at my place, 130 Dublin Street, Guelph, and all are welcome, though I do appreciate an email or a comment to let me know that you will be coming. We will eat at about 5:30 and begin the film at about 6:00.