Sony Pictures Classics has scheduled an unusual -- and perhaps unprecedented -- panel discussion at the Berlin Film Festival to discuss S.O.P.: Standard Operating Procedure, Oscar-winning documentary maker Errol Morris's film about the Abu Ghraib prison, which is entered into competition at the festival. The film's slated premiere today (Tuesday) is due to be followed on Wednesday by the discussion titled, "Diplomacy in the Age of Terror: The Impact of Diminished Rule of Law on International Relations." Panelists include Dr. Allen Keller, an NYU professor of medicine and founder of the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture; German Human Rights lawyer Wolfgang Kaleck; former British Attorney General Lord Peter Goldsmith; Financial Times editor Lionel Barber; and Herta Däubler-Gmelin, chairman of the Bundestag's committee on human rights. Morris, who described S.O.P. at a Berlin news conference today as a "non-fiction horror film," had previously won awards for such documentaries as The Thin Blue Line, A Brief History of Time, and The Fog of War.


12/02/2008