Detainee 001: Showtime’s John Walker Lindh documentary has a release date and further information.

Showtime has provided the globe with several fascinating and thought-provoking documentaries over the years. This month, ‘Detainee 001’ is released and still sends a chill up the spine of Americans. Likewise, ‘American Taliban’ John Walker Lindh is the subject of Greg Barker’s documentary.

You can also check out these documentaries in the meantime: “Ringside”, “Basketball County: In the Water”, “Citizen Bio”, and “UFO” while you are waiting for Detainee 001 to be released. A new episode of Showtime’s ‘Detainee 001’ premieres on September 10 at 9 pm ET/PT.  

According to the official synopsis: “U.S. forces and their partners invaded Afghanistan in the wake of 9/11 to identify, infiltrate and eliminate the terrorist networks that perpetrated the attacks. So when John Walker Lindh, a hardline mujahideen fighter known as “the American Taliban,” was captured, public attention was fixated on him. Emmy-winning director Greg Barker investigates how America grapples with justice in the heat of battle and how stories are constructed and shattered in the aftermath of combat through a never-before-seen videotape of his detention and questioning.”

Lindh has been a popular theme in pop culture in the past. Damien Degueldre filmed a scene from the Battle of Masar-el Sharif for the documentary “Good Morning, Afghanistan.” Later, Lindh was delivered to the U.S. Special Forces by the Northern Alliance. Pearl Abraham’s book, ‘American Taliban’, likewise featured him as a central character (2010)

Greg Barker, the director of ‘Manhunt: The Search for Bin Laden; and The Final Year,’ is behind the camera for ‘Detainee 001’. “Legion of Brothers” (2017, 2020) and “The Survival of Saddam” are a few of his other works (2000).

For his role in the revolt that resulted in the death of CIA operative Johnny Micheal Spann, Lindh pled guilty in 2002 and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. His sentence was completed in 2019, and he was freed on probation after serving 17 years.

When it came to the project, Barker did not work with Lindh directly. But instead, he worked with members of Lindh’s family during the production. As a result, it is unknown where he is currently located.

As Barker put it in a statement, “I’ve done many films about our post-9/11 era, but the surreal narrative of John Walker Lindh is the most unsettling and perplexing.”

“For me, Lindh’s story became a type of origin storey for our post-9/11 world and a warning tale of how xenophobia, undemocratic behaviour, and justice distortions may undermine the very underpinnings of our civilization. Not to mention the documentary filmmaker’s dream: crammed with great archive video and an emotionally charged true narrative from the almost-forgotten past that speaks directly to today’s world.”


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