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UNI to host screening and discussion of film 'Ghosts of Abu Ghraib'

February 13, 2012

Thomas Kessler, social sciences bibliographer, UNI Rod Library, 319-273-2810,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will hold a screening of the film "Ghosts of Abu Ghraib" at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 20, at UNI's Center for Multicultural Education (CME). The showing will be followed by a discussion facilitated by Michael Blackwell, director of the CME, about the use of torture in today's war on terror.

Rory Kennedy, an American documentary filmmaker and youngest child of U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy, directed the film. It examines the abuse of prisoners in the fall of 2003 involving U.S. soldiers and detainees at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison.

The film will be shown in conjunction with the "Reaching for Higher Ground" series. Last fall, the series explored the events of Sept. 11, 2001 and the impact they had on global and local communities. This spring, speakers and films will help examine the continuing effects of these events on our cultural, political and humanitarian views.

The event is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by the UNI Rod Library and CME. For additional information, visit or contact Thomas Kessler, social sciences bibliographer at the UNI Rod Library, at 319-273-2810 or