(out of 5)

The power of literature to deal with the devastation of war is directly applied to those who experience battle in this incredibly powerful documentary. Soldiers emerging from the Iraq War are given the opportunity to express what they have seen and witnessed thanks to workshops and training by writing professors.  Narrated by various notable celebrities (including , ,  and ), we hear a number of these stories read aloud while footage plays on the screen, book-ended a number of times by short and not in any way superfluous talking head interviews with military personnel. What’s important here is that history is not being told by the highest-ranking members of the army but by those on the ground level, which makes the stories that much more devastating to experience. One particular story, “Taking Chance” by Michael Strobl, eventually became an Emmy and Golden Globe-winning television movie of the same name with Kevin Bacon.

The Documentary Group

USA, 2007

Directed by 

Screenplay by , , , , , , ,

Cinematography by 

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Award Nomination
Best Documentary (Feature) (Richard E. Robbins)

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