Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Watch "A Company of Soldiers"

Frontline (PBS) is broadcasting the film "A Company of Soldiers" tonight. It is the story of the soldiers of the 1st Battalion of the 8th Cavalry, fighting in Iraq during the month of November last year. You can read more on the PBS site, and look up local stations and broadcast times as well. Here in the Seattle area, it will be playing at 10pm on KCTS.

Here is the abstract from Frontline :

FRONTLINE reports from inside the U.S. Army's 8th Cavalry Regiment stationed in Baghdad for an up-close, intimate look at the dangers facing an American military unit in Iraq. Shot in the weeks following the U.S. presidential election, the film tracks the day-to-day challenges facing the 8th Cavalry's Dog Company as it suddenly has to cope with a dramatic increase in attacks by the insurgents.

Something struck me on reading this description - why is it so important to the Frontline folks to mention the election? What does that have to do with the price of tea in China? It would make more sense to put this is the context of the War, the other operations in Iraq, etc. Or am I just being paranoid?

My concerns about agendas aside, I am very glad that they are showing this, and I look forward to watching. One warning - I understand that the film "graphically displays the risks and consequences of the fighting in Iraq". I'm not sure how any realistic film about war could be otherwise, just sayin'.