A documentary that unveils the moral tensions that tear at soldiers' psyches through the lens of one highly personal story: Private Adam Winfield was a 21-year-old soldier in Afghanistan when he attempted with the help of his father to alert the military to heinous war crimes his platoon was committing. But Winfield's pleas went unheeded. Left on his own and with threats to his life, Private Winfield was himself drawn into the moral abyss, forced to make a split-second decision that would change his life forever.
Adam Winfield (Himself), Christopher Winfield (Himself), Emma Winfield (Herself), Alaina Winfield (Herself), Alex Winfield (Himself), Andrew Holmes (Himself), Jeremy Morlock (Himself), Justin Stoner (Himself), Eric Montalvo (Himself), Stephen Xenakis (Himself)
Christopher Clements (production executive: Motto Pictures), Linda Davis (producer), Julie Goldman (executive producer), Carolyn Hepburn (production executive: Motto Pictures), Deborah Hoffmann (executive producer), Dan Krauss (producer), Sean Lyness (production executive: Motto Pictures)
Not at all surprised to hear that yet another whistleblower was persecuted instead of being rewarded the highest of praise. I've done military and civilian duty in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. Having said that, all it really takes is picking up (and reading) a few history books to learn what happens when you train young people to kill and send them off to do their job.
I was pretty disgusted by comments made by the GI's displaying a total lack of compassion for an enemy who military and economically is like an ant compared to the US/NATO combined forces. For example the budget for a years worth of war in AFG outnumbers their entire GDP, probably not counting the opium revenue though ;). Speaking of which, opium (heroin) production also exploded after the invasion and still flourishes there last I checked.
There was not one goat herder or any other Afghan national involved in the 9/11 attacks. Beside their grounds being used for training (which they easily could have received by joining a random Montana militia...they have monkey bars don't they?). As a reminder (since polls show massive ignorance among the US populace) the planning was partly done in Germany and in the USA and 15 of the 18 terrorists were from America's 'bestest' buddy Saudi Arabia and of course also homeland to OBL.
All one needs to do is a simple role reversal and suppose that China invaded the USA because the Russian terrorists who attacked China received their training in the USA. That aside, these people have been invaded quite a bit and although most countries would resent being invaded, Afghans in particular have a history of being very unwelcoming to uninvited guests. No lessons learned after so much bloodshed this century, well the people making money of of these conflicts obviously have.
As in the comments of IMDb I too am disappointed that hardly anyone has written a review for this doc. Either no one has seen it, or it's being kept out of the movie theaters or no one cares anymore and thinks this is just a badly scripted level of the game 'call of duty' ;).
6 wins & 4 nominations
Abu Dhabi Film Festival • Cinema for Peace Awards • Directors Guild of America, USA • Film Independent Spirit Awards • National Board of Review, USA • News & Documentary Emmy Awards • RiverRun International Film Festival • San Francisco International Film Festival • Tribeca Film Festival • Warsaw International Film Festival
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