Expert Witness: Health Professionals on the Frontline Against Torture
The story of some remarkable health professionals who have fought the torture of political prisoners despite the personal risk. In honoring their professional obligation to report abuse and protect torture victims, they are a special group of expert witnesses.
This is the third documentary I have made about health professionals and torture. The first, Interrogation Psychologists: The Making of a Professional Crisis (2008), focuses on how officials of the American Psychological Association crafted a new policy with army and intelligence officials that supported psychologist involvement in detainee interrogations. It documents the growing opposition to psychologist complicity in the U.S. torture program. Today the APA scandal is making headlines.
It was clear from declassified documents that the doctors used to monitor and legitimize “enhanced interrogation techniques” were physicians as well as psychologists. This larger story needed a feature-length film. I am a psychologist whose filmmaking experience was limited to educational videos. Fortunately, I found a wonderful production team of award-winning professionals. Doctors of the Dark Side, completed in 2011, is widely available in the United States and abroad (www.doctorsofthedarkside.com). While producing Doctors of the Dark Side, I also interviewed some doctors who have fought torture. These heroic doctors are now featured in Expert Witness and the trilogy is complete.
— Martha Davis, Producer, Director and Writer
Expert Witness Production Credits: Martha Davis, Producer, Director and Writer; Sergio Rothstein, Executive Producer; Orin Buck and Lisa Rinzler, Cinematography; M. Trevino, Editor; Maxim Moston, Music; Mercedes Ruehl, Narrator.
"The film is excellent. It clearly and powerfully presents the ethical issues that face our staff every day." - Ross Madonald, M.D., Medical Director, Correctional Health Services, NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene
Mercedes Ruehl, Narrator