Full Frame 2017
DOC NYC, Hot Docs, DOK.fest Munich, Big Sky Doc, One World, Hawaii, Atlanta, San Diego Asian, Asian American fests in Philadelphia, Boston, Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles
An exploration of the sacrifices made by foreign soldiers in the US military.
The film screened as part of DOC NYC, for which our program notes read:
The beautiful, remote islands of Micronesia, a US protectorate, contribute a disproportionate number of soldiers to the American armed forces. Looking for a way out of poverty, these Pacific Islanders leave their communities in pursuit of the American Dream. unfortunately some, like Sapp Nena, pay for it with their lives. Exploring the impact of their absence on the families and communities they leave behind, Nathan Fitch’s thoughtful film questions whether the benefits of US protection are worth the substantial costs of fighting its wars.