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Eminent Monster: A Manual for Modern Torture

Directed by: Stephen Bennett
Runtime: 1hr 29min Year: 2018
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Directed by: Stephen Bennett
Runtime: 1hr 29min Year: 2018
Country: United States
Last Screened: Tue 25th Feb 2020

British and American governments have employed horrific mind control techniques on prisoners for years, Eminent Monster exposes how these practices were developed in collusion with psychiatrists, experimenting on their own patients.

It’s a far cry from “do no harm”. Stephen Bennett’s chilling investigation into psychological warfare uncovers how the psychiatric community has colluded with state sponsored torture for decades.

Through extensive interviews, the film uncovers how hundreds of secret experiments conducted since the 1950s influenced interrogation practices in the US and UK. At the centre of the collusion was Ewen Cameron, whose Canadian practice received millions of dollars to conduct experiments on sensory deprivation and overload on his vulnerable patients.

Interviewing victims’ families, whistle-blowers, the military and the medical community, Bennett lays bare the horrific mind control practices employed in interrogations, from Guantanamo Bay to the Hooded Men of Belfast.