Quiet Rage: The Stanford Prison Experiment

In 1971, the basement of the Stanford University psychology building was transformed into Stanford County Prison, and twenty-four male college students into its prisoners and guards, in an experiment engineered by psychology professor Philip Zimbardo. Based on footage from the “prison” and testimony from its occupants, Quiet Rage documents the ease with which identity and morality can be distorted by power relations. It also hints at the fraught relationship between ethics and performance: the young participants played their roles to the hilt not just for the experiment, but for the camera. Zimbardo went on to testify for the defense in the court martial of Ivan Frederick, one of the amateur photographers at Abu Ghraib.

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