By Catherine Ryan and Gary Weimberg
This award-winning (5 best-documentary awards at film festivals) program discusses the impact of the violence of war. Eight Iraq War soldiers face the most difficult moral decision of their lives: to kill of not to kill – when their finger is on the trigger and another human being is in their gun-sight.
All of them are torn between the demands of duty and the call of conscience. Four of the soldiers decide not to kill, and become conscientious objectors; the other four believe in their duty to kill if necessary.
Made with cooperation from the U.S. Army and narrated by Peter Coyote, the film is a realistic look at war, peace, and the power of the human conscience.
The film doesn’t tell people what to think, nor is it about the situation in Iraq today. Instead, it tells a bigger story about human nature and war. The mental and emotional burdens carried by soldiers who have killed affect America’s families and communities after each of its recent wars. As the film shows, every soldier is inescapably a “soldier of conscience.”
This compelling program is being used by the National VA Chaplains Center to train chaplains for dealing with returning veterans. It is also being used at West Point as part of the sophomore curriculum to help students learn how to talk about the moral questions and injuries of war and violence.
Viewing time: 86 minutes. 2008.
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