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Jean Rahbar is a doctoral level candidate whose dissertation research centers on ambivalent attitudes on the topic of torture as is represented in "Iraq War films." Her dissertation chair is Dr. Stephen Soldz, who publically challenged the American Psychological Association's participation in the interrogation of terror suspects. I am also a licensed mental counselor and hold a masters in Psychoanalysis from the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis as well as a bachelors from Cornell University in Design and Environmental Analysis.
Sunday, February 24, 2013(5 comments)
Zero Dark Thirty and the Problem of the Onlooker
This article examines passive participation in torture as it is represented in post 9/11 Iraq War Films. It looks at Zero Dark Thirty as it relates to my dissertation findings, whereas I found in nearly all films reviewed that passive participation in torture (e.g. watching torture occur but failing to stop it) is acceptable while active participation (i.e. physically administering torture is not).