Tune In: GIFF Movie Night Now Airing on the Pentagon Channel!

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The Pentagon Channel has teamed up with the annual GI Film Festival to produce a movie night for its viewers in a two-hour block of feature and short films each week. The GI Film Festival is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to sharing the military experience in and out of the arena of war. The two-hour block starts on the days and times below (all times Eastern).

(debut) @ 2000 | Saturdays @ 0800 & 1500 | Sundays @ 0000 & 1100
Mondays @ 1000 | Tuesdays @ 0400 | Wednesdays @ 1300 | Thursdays @ 2200

June 1 – 7

Soldier’s Heart
This documentary tells the story of Elliot, a Vietnam War veteran with money woes, an inability to connect with his ailing father, and a case of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder that won’t let go. Through his participation in this documentary about the war, Elliot works through his fears and finds hope for the future.

Journey Home
A film to honor the sacrifice of veterans and their families, Journey Home is written, directed, and acted by an Iraq war veteran. The main character is serving in Iraq with his best friend who is killed in an ambush. The film explores the trials of the Soldier after he volunteers to return home from the battlefield to notify his friend’s wife of the death of her husband. It explores the themes of sacrifice, selfless duty, the loss of a comrade and the effects on the families of those left behind.

June 8 – 14

Doug Collins has been a highly-respected analyst at the FBI for 25 years. He is liked and admired by all the members of his team, but they’ve seen changes in Doug recently: an attractive young girlfriend, working odd hours, increased frustration at work.

And then there was the time he was seen texting on his Blackberry from inside the SCIF. It’s all probably nothing. They know his recent divorce has been tough on him. It’s not like he’s a spy.

But what if he is? What is the price of silence? Betrayed is more than a compelling, thought-provoking drama; it’s a uniquely crafted counterintelligence training tool created by the FBI.

Art in the Face of War
During World War II, eight artists were called to duty and art became their weapon.

June 15 – 21

Warriors: In Their Own Words
Narrated by Kelsey Grammer. What was expected by the Founding Fathers of America for those who accept military service? Learn the true meaning of “Service over Self” as you experience the stories of some of Americas greatest War heroes from WWII to present day.

Something Special
A young war veteran explores the magnificent wilds of New Zealand to fulfill the last wish of a close friend who died in combat, allowing the veteran to reconnect with his friend while coming to terms with the traumatic memory. This is a powerful film about friendship, loss and healing.

June 22 – 28

In the Shadows of the Blade
Once, she carried them to war! Strap in, pull pitch, and take your heart for a ride as a restored Vietnam War UH-1H Huey helicopter makes history in a journey across America to hear the untold stories of Vietnam veterans and their families. As she lands in backyards and farmyards “Huey 091” – now in the Smithsonian Museum of American History – becomes a powerful catalyst for emotional healing, reconciliation, and tribute as veterans share, reflect, and demonstrate to the world that one can “hate war, but love the American warrior.”

June 29 – July 5

Hooligans at War
It is a topic of debate and controversy around the world. But for the young men of Hooligan Platoon, war torn Afghanistan is a reality they have to endure day in and day out. Hooligans At War is a rare and unique look inside the everyday lives of soldiers fighting a war of counter insurgency. Follow Hooligan Platoon as they experience the dangers, boredom and the reality of war and being away from home for many months at a time.

Beyond Victory
Beyond fear, beyond pain, these wounded ill, and injured Marines went beyond victory in capturing their second straight Chairman’s Cup at the 2011 Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This documentary chronicles the journey that some of these athletes undertook before achieving the glory of the games.

July 6 – 12

Lions of Babylon
As he trains the next group of American Soldiers deploying to Iraq, U.S. Army Captain Dan Digati is reminded of his tour of duty in the winter of 2009 and the residents of Saab al Bor, Iraq, on the eve of historic provincial elections.

A Touch of Home
During the Vietnam War, 627 adventurous young women threw off society’s expectations and headed out to learn what they could do for their country. The American Red Cross “Donut Dollies” were airmobile to the front lines, dropping into dusty firebases and sweaty base camps to bring a listening ear, a silly game and a friendly smile to combat Soldiers.

July 13 – 19

Wasioja to Washington
This Civil War documentary tells the story what happened to the men and boys from Wasioja and Dodge County South Eastern Minnesota. The film follows the men and boys through the Battle of Mill Springs, The Battle of Chickamauga, the march to Atlanta and the march to the sea with General Sherman, the routing of South Carolina to the Grand March at wars end.

Faces of Strength
Strength can be defined in many ways – through an act of bravery and valor, kindness and charity, or the courage and will to overcome adversity. The stories told here show us how strength is defined by the individuals performing these actions. Their selfless commitment to their country and their Army have inspired others to take action as well.

July 20 – 26

Nothing For Ourselves
In 1965, most citizens of Philadelphia thought very little about issues in Southeast Asia. When the military conflict that had existed there for decades finally escalated into a full-scale war, its citizens would be thrown into the hardship, confusion and struggle that was the Vietnam War. Young men from across the city who grew up in different neighborhoods and came from different backgrounds would soon be fighting across South Vietnam to stop the spread of communism. Their experiences of survival and horror in the midst of combat would change them in a way that could never be undone.

Today’s Military
Every day, many thousands devote themselves to protecting freedoms, maintaining peace, providing relief and supporting policy around the globe. For many young Americans, the benefits of serving can be tremendous: training, honor, education, travel, pay and self-discovery. However, military service is not for everyone. It requires self-discipline, intense physical work and time away from family and friends while protecting America and its citizens at home and abroad.

July 27 – August 2

The Lucky Few
In late April and early May of 1975, the destroyer escort USS Kirk became a haven for refugees fleeing South Vietnam. Kirk’s Officers and enlisted personnel, trained as warriors, instantly transformed their man-of-war into a humanitarian assistance ship. Desperation and anguish gave way to reassurance as crew members fed their unexpected guests, dispensed medical care, diapered infants and provided hope to a dispirited people.

POWs – Stolen Freedom
Four servicemen tell their personal stories of perseverance through one of the worst missions that anyone can endure, surviving as a prisoner of war. You will hear and see the horrors of the Thai-Burma Railway prisoners, who worked on the “railway of death,” the Army corporal who survived the winters of North Korea at Camp 5, and of a Navy pilot and Air-Cav surgeon who survived years of ill treatment in POW camps in Vietnam. | Watch Trailer

August 3 – 9

The Conscientious Objector
IIt’s 1945, World War II. The place: Okinawa. The scene: an impregnable 400-foot high cliff-AKA Hacksaw Ridge. The engagement: a battle so fierce the odds of survival were 1 in 10. The Act: Medic PFC Desmond T. Doss braved intense enemy fire to rescue 75 wounded GI’s over the precipice. The story: Infantrymen who once ridiculed and scoffed at Desmond’s simple faith and refusal to carry a weapon-now owed their lives to him. Director Terry Benedict tells Desmond’s incredible story through the eyes of the men who witnessed this humble man’s heroic acts. Winning the respect of his fellow Soldiers, they recommended him for the highest honor America can bestow on one of her sons: the Medal of Honor. | Watch Trailer

High Card Trumps
Lois, a headstrong woman and soon-to-be champion grandmother, is anxious to share her good news with the volunteers of her monthly Support Our Troops bake sale. But when an Arab mother joins them, Lois’s pride and her definition of patriotism are challenged.

August 10 – 16

Fallen Heroes of the Mighty Eighth
A documentary produced by World War II Army veteran George Ciampa to emphasize the searches for family members of those heroes who gave their lives for the liberation of France. Through his research, he brings closure to many families.

Getting Them Home
A short-form observational documentary profiling the men and women of the U.S. Air Force working to transport and care for our combat wounded in Afghanistan. The film is unique in structure and pacing as it was assembled from a series of short video reports that were shot, edited and uploaded from Bagram Air Base in August, 2011 and presented on Military.com‘s popular video pages then re-imagined as a single narrative.

In 1962, a group of young men, stationed at a remote Air Force base, band together to undergo a dangerous mission to retrieve mail lost in the frozen landscape of Greenland. | Watch Trailer

August 17 – 23

Between Iraq and a Hard Place
Our U.S. troops come home from war and take off their uniforms and blend into society. But the war hasn’t ended for them. How can we help them transition? Learn what they think, feel and experience during war through interviews backed up with their personal video footage shot in Iraq. If we understand what our troops really think and feel, we can better help them.

Frank and Rose, a young married couple during World War II, have been separated for years while Frank was off in the war. Today he returns, but the homecoming is bittersweet as they must first deal with the loss of their only son before they can continue as a couple.

From Philadelphia to Fallujah
A documentary commemorating ten years since attacks of September 11th by paying tribute to the 2001 Army-Navy football game. This film looks back at that historic game and chronicles the journeys of some of its players who dedicated themselves to this country by answering a simple question. Where are they ten years later? These are compelling journeys – sometimes with tragic endings, other times with auspicious new beginnings.| Watch Trailer

August 24 – 30

The Red Machine
Washington, DC, 1935: At the height of the Great Depression, a charming and irrepressible young thief is forced to help an icy and mysterious United States Navy spy steal a brand new device that the Japanese military is using to encode its top-secret messages. During the mission, which is complicated by the spy’s dark past in Tokyo, the two discover that they are pawns in a larger game  | Watch Trailer

It Could Be
A short drama about a college chapel custodian who comes to the aid of a distraught college student.

He’s My Best Friend: The Crystal Nicely Story

Marine Corporal Todd Nicely was injured in Afghanistan in March 2010 and most people did not expect him to survive. He became one of only three men to survive as a quadruple amputee. His wife Crystal’s first reaction when she walked through the hospital door was “Okay, he’s still alive. He’s still with me.” Crystal, a retired Marine, knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but the Marine spirit would help them through it.