In this additional scene from My Country, My Country, Dr. Riyadh holds a press conference three months after the Abu Ghraib photos were made public. Filmmaker Laura Poitras says, "The press conference was recorded a couple weeks later. I wasn't able to work it into the film, but I like the scene very much. It shows Dr. Riyadh arguing that a man is innocent until proven guilty — a principle that Americans pride themselves in — and yet the context flips the idea on its head. Here was an Iraqi arguing against the United States' detention of Iraqis without due process and using our legal principles to do it."
Dr. Riyadh is an Iraqi medical doctor, a father of six and a Sunni political candidate. An outspoken critic of the U.S. occupation, he is equally passionate about the need to establish democracy in Iraq.