Sunday, July 02, 2006

The War Tapes

Darksyde at Daily Kos wrote:

In February 2004, director Deborah Scranton was offered the opportunity to embed as a filmmaker with the New Hampshire National Guard as they were getting ready to deploy to Iraq. The filmmaker had a groundbreaking vision, her idea was to give the soldiers the cameras and work with them over the internet to tell the story through their eyes.

The result is The War Tapes, called "the single best [documentary] you could see on the war." The film is centered on video shot by a number of guardsmen equipped with mini-cams and mics as they go about their dangerous duties. Notably Sgt. Stephen Pink, Spc. Michael Moriarty, and Sgt. Zack Bazzi They served a year, they filmed their own action. That action includes scenes of the soldiers and their brothers in arms as they cope with the stress of combat in a foreign land, ride in enormous convoys, engage in fire-fights, react to IED and small arms attack, and as they deal with tragic civilian accidents. The raw footage was stitched artfully together without narration to provide a unique, raw look into this controversial conflict from the ground level. If you haven't seen it yet, see it. Trailer HERE.

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