Music // Tale of Bales by John Watts
Director // Leila Watts
DOP // David Higgs
Editor // Owen Davey
Choreographer // Lauren Bridle
Hair/ Wardrobe // Amy Goodwin
Dancers (Kids R Us) // Alex Herring, Billie-May James, Brooke Jones, Charlotte Godding, Curtis Watson, Jordan Dann, Liam Wolf, Mia Davies & Talia Jones.
Special thanks to Gary Dann, Gavin Hales, Maddison Whiffin & everyone else from the Kidz R Us team that made this possible.
Staff Sergeant Bales is accused of leaving his camp in Kandahar province in the predawn hours, going into two Afghan villages and opening fire at people in their homes. The victims included nine children in a case that is widely seen as one of the worst war crimes allegedly involving U.S. troops in the Afghanistan conflict. Six people were wounded in the assault. Bales is the alleged perpetrator of a war crime, but also a victim. The sons and daughters of poor communities have the army as one of their few escape options. The Bales tragedy can be seen as a broken eggshell metaphor for American foreign policy as a whole. JW 2013