The war in Iraq began with virtually zero capacity to interpret the Arabic language, Iraqi customs or social mores. As a result, native Arabic speakers were recruited to work alongside U.S. and Coalition Forces in an effort to bridge the communication gap. In addition to the dangers associated with night raids, foot patrols and firefights, many translators have been killed or forced to flee as a result of their collaboration. As the war in Iraq comes to an end, what does the future hold for those willing to risk their lives for their country?
This film highlights the importance of language and cultural understanding during combat. Featuring compelling firsthand accounts and dramatic images, The Language of War captures the risks faced by Iraqi combat translators in one of the world's most dangerous places.