A portrait of eight US soldiers during the Iraq War, facing the most difficult decision of their lives:
to kill or not to kill.
Their country asked them to kill.
Their hearts asked them to stop.
Emmy Award nominated.
Broadcast on POV, the PBS documentary series.
Winner of 5 "Best Documentary" awards at film festivals.
A film that transcends politics and rhetoric to reveal how all soldiers struggle with the demands of duty and the call of conscience.
Meet eight combat veterans. Four decide they cannot kill and become conscientious objectors. The other four are sincere war fighters - willing to kill when their nation asks
Learn how they all come to grips with their own conscience.
Made with permission and approved access from the US military - which does not mean approval of content or agreement with ideas presented.
A film that has been
- part of the curriculum at West Point US Military Academy
- a featured resource at traditional Christian peace churches (Quakers, Mennonites)
- used in therapy at VA facilities and suicide prevention
- used by peace activists around the world.
This films respectful depiction of soldiers at war provides no easy answers, but encourages discussion and response.
The film avoids telling the viewer what to think, rather, it portrays the moral toll of war on the individuals who seek to serve and protect our country and suggests deep questions regarding the moral use of force.
About the film makers
Producer/directors Gary Weimberg and Catherine Ryan have been making award winning documentaries for over 25 years , nominated for 6 Emmy awards, winning two , they have had programs on ABC, HBO, PBS, FOX, WB, shown at SF Museum of Modern Art and more.
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video file: 1103 SOC Vim720