The War Tapes
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I highly recommend you check out "The War Tapes," a pretty amazing new documentary opening Friday in Berkeley, Boston, Concord (NH), SF and DC. (It's already playing in New York, but of course.)
I was blown away when I saw a preview screening the other night. The movie bills itself as "the first war movie filmed by soliders themselves." It does a great job of letting its four (very different) camera-wielding National Guardsmen relate their sometimes violent, sometimes valiant experiences, on Iraq's front lines, from their own personal perspectives. The movie also brings home the many ways that war affects families and loved ones left behind in America. As these guys' worried wives, moms, and kids remind us, it's not just soldiers who are permanently changed and affected by what happens "over there."
Watch a clip, and check out the movie when it opens near you. It's eye-opening, and definitely worth the $10...
Laura Barcella is AlterNet's associate editor.