Doctors of the Dark Side Film Screening & Guest Speaker Dr. Martha Davis, Director

MAR 05, 2013 | 2:00 PM TO 4:00 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue




March 05, 2013: 2:00 PM-4:00 PM




Social-Personality & Environmental Psychology


DOCTORS OF THE DARK SIDE is the first feature length documentary about how psychologists and physicians have assisted in the torture of detainees in U.S.-controlled military prisons. The extraordinary extent of doctor participation in the post-9/11 torture program emerges from victim accounts, interviews of detainee lawyers, incisive commentary by medical and military experts, and demonstrations of what the doctors were ordered to do according to declassified government guidelines.

The film portrays the movement to hold complicit doctors accountable and the growing protest against post-9/11 programs in which psychologists directly assist detainee interrogations.

The film’s director, Martha Davis, is a clinical psychologist with experience in the study of criminal confessions. She will discuss the issues the film raises, particularly the ethical challenges to psychology practice and research. 

“Doctors of the Dark Side is an extraordinarily valuable film because it probes the behavior and motivations of American psychologists, psychiatrists and other physicians who colluded in torture, as well as the effects of that torture on specific human beings. The film provides breakthrough documentation of what has become a crucial ethical issue for our country.

Robert Jay Lifton, author of The Nazi Doctors and
Witness to an Extreme Century: A memoir.

“A compelling documentary about a little-known aspect of America’s worst human rights scandal in decades, Doctors of the Dark Side raises profound questions of the capacity of professional bodies to govern their members, of institutions to achieve justice, and of humanity to morally devolve.”

Georgetown Law Weekly