Beneath the Blindfold

Rated NR 80 minutes 2013

This activist documentary centers on four victims of torture who currently live in the United States: a former child soldier in Liberia's civil war, a Chicago-born independent contractor who'd been detained for three months in Abu Ghraib, and former political prisoners from Guatemala and Colombia. The movie balances the survivors' traumatic stories with scenes of them adjusting to normal life, and this process comes to seem a major struggle in its own right. This is painful stuff, and no less for the soft-spoken directness with which the subjects describe their pasts. Directors Ines Sommer and Kathy Berger take the courageous route and spare the audience no gory details; but as a result, the final scenes of the subjects enjoying their daily lives (in work, family, or political activism) feel truly cathartic.

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