Semper Fi: Always Faithful

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In 1970, Jerry Ensminger joined the United States Marine Corps, and he made a career in the military, supporting his wife and family as he rose to the rank of Master Sergeant and becoming a drill instructor at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Ensminger lost his daughter to a rare form of leukemia when she was only nine years old, and in the wake of her death he learned that there was a remarkably high incidence of cancer and birth defects among those stationed at Camp Lejeune and their families. Ensminger and ...
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Overview

In 1970, Jerry Ensminger joined the United States Marine Corps, and he made a career in the military, supporting his wife and family as he rose to the rank of Master Sergeant and becoming a drill instructor at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Ensminger lost his daughter to a rare form of leukemia when she was only nine years old, and in the wake of her death he learned that there was a remarkably high incidence of cancer and birth defects among those stationed at Camp Lejeune and their families. Ensminger and Michael Partain, a former Marine who was stationed at Camp Lejeune and battled male breast cancer, began investigating the startling health statistics at the camp and learned the USMC was keeping a deadly secret -- carcinogenic contaminants had been dumped into the base's water supply for years, and while the Corps were aware of the dangers, they opted to keep the situation quiet. Filmmakers Rachel Libert and Tony Hardmon chronicle Ensminger's search for the truth and his mission to get the Marine Corps he served with honor and dedication for more than two decades to do the right thing for their men and women in the documentary Semper Fi: Always Faithful. The film received its world premiere at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, where it received the award for best editing in a documentary feature.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/9/2012
  • UPC: 823857158423
  • Original Release: 2011
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  • Source: Passion River
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:16:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 46,578

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Tony Hardmon Director, Cinematographer, Producer
Rachel Libert Director, Producer
Julia Parker Benello Executive Producer
Purcell Carson Editor
Wendy Ettinger Executive Producer
Ivor Guest Score Composer
Judith Helfand Executive Producer
Todd Wider Producer
Jedd Wider Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Semper Fi: Always Faithful
1. The Answer To A Question [5:10]
2. Document Discovery [5:20]
3. The Base [5:41]
4. Detectives [7:17]
5. Jerry Goes To Washington [7:42]
6. Getting The Word Out [5:47]
7. You Understand My Resolve [6:38]
8. The Frustration Builds [6:41]
9. Jerry And Mike In DC [7:30]
10. Fallen Soldier [6:06]
11. National News [4:43]
12. Janey's In The House [7:48]
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2013

    What a fiasco. The coverup of the Camp Lejeune incident is repre

    What a fiasco. The coverup of the Camp Lejeune incident is reprehensible - how did the Marine Corps think they could get away with exposing hundreds of thousands of innocent men, women, and children to cancerous toxins?

    Thanks to the efforts of filmmakers Libert and Hardmon, and former drill-sergeant Jerry Ensminger, the truth has come to light and the government is finally attempting to make reparations for its gross negligence. The film itself is a powerful document, both in its exposure of the Corps' wrongdoing and in its portrayal of Ensminger as a passionate crusader for what is right. Though the Corp itself failed to live up to its motto, one cannot deny that these values are kept alive in Ensminger.

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