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NAME OF FILM: EMINENT MONSTERS
DIRECTOR(S): Stephen Bennett
GENRE: Documentary Film
SYNOPSIS: This chilling investigative documentary into the true evils of mankind might make it hard to sleep at night, for good cause. Starting in the 1950s, renowned psychiatrist Dr. Ewen Cameron carried out experiments in mind control on unsuspecting patients, including sensory deprivation, electro-convulsive therapy, forced comas, and hallucinatory drugs, all at a quiet facility in Montréal. The bigger horror was that this work was funded by the CIA, with techniques used internationally by 29 countries from Northern Ireland to the US detention camp in Guantanamo Bay. With compelling firsthand testimony from victims and their families, as well as interviews with senior military personnel and psychiatrists, it’s a disturbing reminder of how western governments continue to get away with torture under various “legitimized” guises. A shocking and visceral cinematic experience.