With a gentle yet insistent voice, Beneath the Blindfold tells the stories of four torture survivors from around the globe who are now among the more than 500,000 survivors who live in the U.S. Directed by Ines Sommer and Kathy Berger, Beneath the Blindfold is the first documentary to fully look at the lifelong impact of torture on the physical and psychological health of survivors. We follow them through the daunting steps of building new lives, careers, and relationships. And despite the continued fallout from their experience, they feel empowered to speak out and become public advocates for an end to torture.
‘Beneath the Blindfold’ reminds us of the immorality and illegality of torture, even when disguised as ‘enhanced interrogation.’ This essential documentary shakes our complacency and determines us to insist on actual, effective abolition of torture in our time.
— Juan E. Méndez, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
Beneath the Blindfold is a beautiful film with genuine sensitivity and glow. You witness a triumph of our common humanity as people overcome the long lasting effects of torture and reclaim their dignity. Not to be missed.
— Jerome McDonnell, Host of Worldview, WBEZ 91.5 FM, Chicago Public Radio