Cast: Gary Mortensen
In this 2007 documentary, filmmaker Gary Mortensen offers an unflinching and intimate look at the war in Iraq through the eyes of the American soldiers fighting it. This Is War: Memories of Iraq centers on nine National Guard members and includes footage and images shot by the servicepeople themselves.
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This film is outstanding. It is real...hard...anything but fun. And it will change you. It touched me...my heart...my soul. I watched it 5 times in a 24-hour period. I could not stop watching, thinking, crying, grieving. It was as though my soul needed to connect with each soldier on a personal level and get to know them as individuals so that I could share a tiny moment of what they lived. We think we know...after all our leaders told us, or we heard it on CNN, therefore it must be. But, we have no idea. "This is War" is a brilliant piece of work. It shares war on a much more real and personal level. War and combat where the truth was not edited out. Life, death, love, hope, fear, trust, prayer. The story of this group of soldiers who risked their lives for me. The soldiers that I desperately need to thank. The soldier that I need to hold. The soldier who taught me gratitude. The soldier who reminded me to love and laugh amidst all adversity. And the soldier I'll never get to thank. Before you form media-driven opinions about war...watch this film. This IS war! My heart goes to the men and women who brought this message to us....In Love and Light.