A Prayer for the Torture Memos is a 15 minute experimental film that explores the sadness and loss that accompanies moral compromise; the delicate, particular significance of the human body; and poetics as a means to articulate emotions impossible to speak in words.

 

How do words, especially the carefully constructed parlance of legal arguments, contain all of the complexity of a single unique physical body, let alone the infinite possibilities of identity and relationship? A Prayer for the Torture Memos asks what we lose when we use men’s bodies as battlefield. As men, mothers of men, sisters, brothers, and fathers of men, how do we connect the “strategy” with the materiality of the bodies of those whom we love?

A Prayer for the Torture Memos
A Prayer for the Torture Memos

A Prayer for the Torture Memos
A Prayer for the Torture Memos

A Prayer for the Torture Memos
A Prayer for the Torture Memos

A Prayer for the Torture Memos
A Prayer for the Torture Memos

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