Saturday, June 07, 2008

Phil Donahue's Documentary

Body of War [website]

I watched Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro's documentary on the life of veterans returning from Iraq. This is a "must see" film.

Video of Phil Donahue talking after the screening of his documentary in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at the Convention Center, June 6, 2008:

The audience was clapping during the film, and you could hear reactions, and emotions in the dark. Rarely do you hear so many reactions so often from other viewers during a film. The film makes an impact, and you’ll be left with something. The truth is told in imagery, the accurate showing of daily life of wounded veterans. Friends and families interacting with each other acting naturally as if the cameras weren't there.

The story follows paralyzed veteran Tomas Young. [more from Wikipedia]

For the mastery of editing, content, and the conveyance of a message, I don’t think it could be done better, my rating- 5 stars.

There hopefully will be a grassroots movement to get this film in theaters. It is that well done. I wish Phil Donahue was in the documentary business earlier.

Original music by Eddie Vetter of Pearl Jam.

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