Coming to theatres tomorrow, Friday, March 15:
AFI Docs, Jihlava, Dallas, FID Marseille, Virginia, DocuWest, Brisbane
A candid, insider look at the lives of US Marines.
Miles Lagoze became a filmmaker as a Marine. Deployed to Afghanistan, he served as a combat photographer, shooting mission footage for recruitment and news coverage purposes. He kept his camera running beyond this practical concern, capturing with stark veracity the experiences of his fellow soldiers. Shaky handheld footage thrusts the viewer right in the midst of the chaos of combat on one hand, and the monotony of routine on the other. Composed of episodic verité rather than following any particular narrative development, the project might wear out its welcome for some viewers, but nevertheless offers a compelling, ground-level perspective on the futility of the seemingly endless war in Afghanistan.