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Beyond the Call (2006)

| Documentary, War | 2006 (USA)
In an Indiana Jones meets Mother Teresa adventure, three middle-aged friends and ex-soldiers travel the world delivering humanitarian aid to the front lines of war.

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From the brothers behind the Academy Award nominated feature documentary GENGHIS BLUES, comes the next great adventure. In an Indiana Jones meets Mother Teresa adventure, three middle-aged men, former soldiers and modern-day knights, travel the world delivering life saving humanitarian aid directly into the hands of civilians and doctors in some of the most dangerous yet beautiful places on Earth, the front lines of war. Ed Artis, Jim Laws and Walt Ratterman are self-styled Knights of Malta, and in 1995, they formed Knightsbridge International, a unique humanitarian aid organization, whose motto is "High Adventure and Service to Humanity." Artis explains: "We're not there to change anybody's politics, we're not in the God business, and we pay our own way." Their specialty is going where death from land-mines, bullets, or bombs is as frequent as death from hunger, disease, or the elements. As Laws tells it simply, "We do what we can, when we can, because we can." Their personal ... Written by Adrian Belic

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Not A Documentary About Telephone Service
7 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

No...Beyond The Call is a life affirming documentary about three middle aged men (some of which are Viet Nam veterans)who decide to help out victims of war torn countries. We see them assisting aid to those who have been handed the s**t end of the stick for far too long (and always manage to be just outside the range of government assistance programs). From being just a few steps beyond the Taliban in war torn Afghanastan in 2001 to assisting victims of Burmese soldiers in northern Thailand, this film will leave a lump in your throat over their continuing service to humanity (with little or no self glory for themselves, outside of the look on the faces of those they've helped). I'm guessing distribution will be somewhat limited,due to the fact that it's shot on video tape,rather than standard 35mm film stock, but will probably be a staple in film & video festivals.


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