American Faust: From Condi To Neo-condi (2009)
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The daughter of a Presbyterian minister who grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, Condoleezza Rice was a honored political science student who succeeded beyond the wildest dreams of most of her professors and peers; she became an advisor on national security issues to President George Herbert Walker Bush… More The daughter of a Presbyterian minister who grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, Condoleezza Rice was a honored political science student who succeeded beyond the wildest dreams of most of her professors and peers; she became an advisor on national security issues to President George Herbert Walker Bush in 1989, and when his son George W. Bush became president in 2001, Rice was made National Security Advisor, and was promoted to Secretary of State in 2005. However, while Rice's status as the first African-American woman to be appointed Secretary of State has made her a role model in the eyes of many, some have accused her of opportunism in the shift of her political views to the right, and others contend that Rice's policy decisions have not only prolonged the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan but promoted the use of torture, and evidence suggests it was Rice who was responsible for ordering certain aggressive torture techniques be used against prisoners captured by U.S. forces. Filmmaker Sebastian Doggart examines Rice's rise to power, her actions during the Bush administration and the case against her in the documentary American Faust: From Condi to Neo-Condi, which uses interviews with journalists and policy experts as well as Rice's own words to evaluate her actions. American Faust was an official selection at the 2010 Seattle International Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Jules Brenner, Filmcritic.com
"This country cannot condone the use of torture," she insists, while ordering the CIA to use [a variety of] torture techniques.
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