Film ‘Beneath The Blindfold’ documents the lives of torture survivors in Chicago

January 10, 2012

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There are half a million torture survivors currently living in the U.S.

The new documentary Beneath the Blindfold delves into a gritty topic that's rarely discussed: how survivors of torture struggle to rebuild their lives.

In the film, four diverse individuals - a nursing home aide from Africa, an actor from Colombia, a U.S. navy veteran from Chicago, and a physician from Guatemala - share their battle to heal the physical and psychological wounds of torture, and reclaim their dignity. These individuals represent just four of the 500,000 torture survivors who currently live in the U.S.

Worldview talks to Kathy Berger and Ines Sommer, the directors of the film, about the story they are trying to tell. Dr. Mary Fabri, a psychologist and senior director at the Marjorie Kovler Center, also provides analysis on how the effects of torture linger in our community. A part of Heartland Alliance, The Kovler Center is the pioneering torture treatment center that’s operated in Chicago for more than 25 years.

Beneath the Blindfold debuts this Friday at the Gene Siskel Film Center. The film also runs next week on Thursday, January 19.