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Directed by Kurt Gerber
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Directed by Brandon Young
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Directed by Anthony Istrico
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Directed by Julie Cohen
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Directed by Brittany Huckabee
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Chaplain Justin David Roberts served 6 years active duty as an Army Chaplain. Before he left the Army in 2015, he found that beneath the collar of ministry he was struggling with depression and PTSD. Wondering what kind of father he would be if he didn’t face his issues, he set out on a journey to meet up with members of his old unit. Along the way, they recall their tour of duty. In total, 17 soldiers were killed in action (KIA) and over 200 were wounded during the deployment. Almost all of the men lost died while either trying to save someone or protect others. The common thread in every one of these stories of valor is love. This film layers the footage Roberts shot on missions in Afghanistan with heartfelt interviews of the men he served with, as well as surviving family members. Through telling these stories, the soldiers that deployed with the legendary No Slack battalion are finding healing and purpose after combat.
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During the Pacific War, American Lt General Willoughby was Commander in Chief of a highly secretive special operations group based in Australia known as AIB (Allied Intelligence Bureau) The men who fought under the AIB banner had the highly secret code name of Z Special Unit. They were selected from the Australian Army, Navy and Air force. These men knew nothing about the nature of what they were volunteering for. All they knew was that it was highly dangerous. They were ordered not to discuss their activities to anyone – not even close family. They were told that they should never expect to be given any recognition nor any bravery medals indeed they were told that the only thing they could be promised was “a wooden cross”. The men of Z Special unit were indeed the selfless “bravest of the brave”. These men were truly the unsung heroes of the Pacific War and to this day many still lie in graves with headstones inscribed KNOWN UNTO GOD. In 2007 our producer, a former Australian Surf Lifesaver, decided to try to discover the fate of one such Z Special unit operative - a fellow Australian Surf Lifesaver John “Spike” Whitworth whose remains seemed lost forever. This documentary was produced as a tribute to those allies whose remains were never found. After exhaustive detective work by an American Naval Officer and a decorated Australian SAS Officer we can reveal the circumstances surrounding Spike’s loss and his bravery while trying to save the lives of an American bomber crew who were trying to avoid capture deep in enemy territory.
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At the time of filming, Peter Ertel is 95 years old. He is a published author and an avid pianist. Using his skill as a riveting storyteller, Ertel recounts his experiences as a soldier in the German army - from his early days as an "unsoldierlike" recruit who was deemed an "unreliable follower of the Fuhrer" to his becoming a highly respected platoon leader, who routinely risked his life to save the lives of his men, as well as the lives of the enemies he encountered on the battlefield. Though Peter takes us through the hell of front-line combat in both France and Russia, perhaps the most 'unimaginable' part of his journey begins after he becomes a prisoner of war. The Unimaginable Journey Of Peter Ertel is a documentary portrait of a man who maintained his humanity despite being thrust into a world of hatred, destruction and death. Peter Ertel tells his own story as only he could tell it - with unflinching honesty and raw emotion.
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Ride The Thunder is the true heroic story of a friendship between American military legend and recipient of the Navy Cross, John Ripley and one of South Vietnam's most decorated Heroes, Le Ba Binh. The film is based on a book by the same name by Richard Botkin, former Marine Infantry Officer (1980-1995) The storyline follows Ripley's and Binh's fight together against the communists at the Battle for Dong Ha during the Vietnam War and the aftermath of the fall of Saigon, as Ripley goes home to a divided America while Binh is imprisoned in a communist re-education camp. After the war, their wives struggle to adjust to their changed lives. Immersed in this true story are interviews and rare historical footage that educates the moviegoers on the truth of the war along with the heroes who fought in it, while exposing the opportunists who betrayed them. The main Vietnamese actors in the film are Vietnamese refugees.
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10 Years of Filming... 104 Interviews... One Story. The Legacy Project tells the fate of the World War II heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis using exclusively first-person accounts. The last crew and their families share gripping stories of kamikaze attacks, invasions, a secret mission, and ultimately a devastating torpedo attack that killed three fourths of the crew. The survivors recall the 5 days they spent floating alone in the Pacific Ocean, their miraculous rescue, and how they fought together to clear their captain's name. Start to finish, this feature-length film flows from survivor to survivor as they finish each other's sentences. Set to a completely original score, the incredible story unfolds with rare WWII footage, a collection of previously unpublished photographs, open-ocean reenactments, and new footage from one of the last WWII era heavy cruisers in existence.