A path-breaking testament to intellectual honesty and artistic integrity, Penny Allen’s The Soldier’s Tale chronicles the interplay between a working-class Iraq War veteran and an antiwar filmmaker.
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The Soldier’s Tale is a deeply personal documentary about the Iraq War that takes us places no mere journalistic inquiry could go. Sergeant R. approaches director Allen on a plane headed for the U.S. carrying a laptop full of electronic memories shot by fellow soldiers—the digital “war porn” they capture on smartphones and trade like baseball cards.
After the soldier mails her a CD with all his images, the two meet in a motel somewhere in the U.S. and he narrates the war for Allen—before trudging back to the battlefield.
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