A documentary about the push to recruit new soldiers into the U.S. Army
Shot in verité style, this feature-length documentary by director Edet Belzberg revolves around one of the Army’s most successful recruiters and his efforts to enlist volunteers in his hometown of Houma, Louisiana. Stepping beyond ideology and politics, the filmmakers follow the recruiter’s day-to-day life, and his intense efforts to recruit at a time when the Army is fighting two wars. Belzberg also follows four teenage recruits from diverse backgrounds. We see the recruiter’s efforts to prepare them for the Army and go with them through basic training. Without judgment, the film touches on many aspects of the current war policy and brings to light the real crisis of enrollment in a volunteer Army.
Edet Belzberg, director, producer; Alan Oxman, producer; Adam Bolt, co-producer; Chad Beck, Adam Bolt, editors; Edet Belzberg, Liz Dory, Rossana Rizzo, cinematography; Derrick Hodge, composer. Nancy Abraham, senior producer; Sheila Nevins, executive producer
View the HBO website for "The Recruiter": hbo.com/documentaries/the-recruiter