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HBO sets December premiere for Alex Gibney’s “The Forever Prisoner”

Alex Gibney‘s upcoming HBO documentary, The Forever Prisoner is set to premiere on Dec. 6 on the premium channel, and will be available to stream on HBO Max. The documentary tells ...
November 19, 2021

Alex Gibney‘s upcoming HBO documentary, The Forever Prisoner is set to premiere on Dec. 6 on the premium channel, and will be available to stream on HBO Max.

The documentary tells the story of Abu Zubaydah, the first high-value detainee subjected to the CIA’s program of Enhanced Interrogation Techniques (EITs), later identified as torture by those outside the CIA. Zubaydah, who has never been charged with a crime, remains imprisoned at Guantánamo Bay today.

The film also covers the practices the U.S. government followed to expedite and legalize EITs in the aftermath of 9/11. HBO boasts a level of detail in the film that was made possible by several lawsuits launched by Gibney and producer Ray Bonner against the CIA.

The documentary also includes never-before-seen images of brutal treatment drawn by Zubaydah himself, new testimony from former FBI agent Ali Soufan and access to his never-before-seen interrogation notes about his time with Zubaydah, and entries from Zubaydah’s diary from both before and after his capture.

The film includes first-hand accounts from key players in the story including former FBI agents, chief investigator for the Torture Report, Daniel Jones; one of the chief architects of the Enhanced Interrogation Techniques, Dr. James Elmer Mitchell; former acting general counsel of the CIA, John Rizzo; as well as Zubaydah’s brother, lawyer and military attorney.

The Forever Prisoner is produced by Jigsaw Productions, directed and produced by Gibney (The Crime of the Century, Agents of Chaos, The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley). Ray Bonner, Cathy Scott-Clark and Erin Edeiken also produced the film, with Tess Ranahan serving as a co-producer. Adrian Levy, Stacey Offman and Richard Perello executive produced the film. Tina Nguyen acted as senior producer for HBO, with Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller executive producing.

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