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Brothers at War (2009)

 -  Documentary | War  -  13 March 2009 (USA)
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An intimate portrait of an American family during a turbulent time. Jake Rademacher sets out to understand the experience, sacrifice, and motivation of his two brothers serving in Iraq. The... See full summary »

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An intimate portrait of an American family during a turbulent time. Jake Rademacher sets out to understand the experience, sacrifice, and motivation of his two brothers serving in Iraq. The film follows Jake's exploits as he risks everything-including his life-to tell his brothers' story. Often humorous, but sometimes downright lethal, it is a remarkable journey where Jake embeds with four combat units in Iraq. Unprecedented access to US and Iraqi combat units take him behind the camouflage curtain with secret reconnaissance troops on the Syrian border, into sniper "hide sites" in the Sunni Triangle, through raging machine gun battles with the Iraqi Army. Ultimately, the film follows his brothers home where separations and life-threatening work ripple through their parents, siblings, wives, and children. It is a rare look at the bonds and service of our soldiers on the front lines and the profound effects their service has on the loved ones they leave behind. Written by Samuel Goldwyn Films

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Brothers at War - a must see film
25 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A great documentary! The parents had 5boys + 2 girls and the film maker is the eldest. The documentary has lots of old family pix and family videos and you get to KNOW the family and their personalities. And you see them at their most vulnerable, bravest, craziest and most boredom too. (the troops LOVE the show watching CD's of "The OC")

We are not "in the business," though live in a suburb of LA. My sister Armine and I ventured over to Santa Monica 3rd St Promenade to attend the premiere of a limited (1 wk?) viewing of a must-see documentary... BROTHERS AT WAR.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED when it comes to your state.

Viewers in the Santa Monica, CA audience came from as far as Sacramento, San Diego, Pasadena and the 2 of us from Santa Clarita.

It's not being aired anywhere else. Can you believe, it's only opened in 50 cities in the entire USA. It orig opened near 6 US military bases.... and now starting to go into the civilian communities? Hey, we're lucky that it's in driving distance to most (within 1hr drive time).

You are involved in the lives of all the REAL LIFE characters in this documentary film. It's not a political film, bashing 1 side or the other. It was filmed between 2004-2006. It's a family opening up w/ family stories (7 kids), and many young soldiers & marines "in country" opening up (eventually) to a 30yr old documentary filmmaker ... searching... why his brothers are volunteering, why other troops are in the service? (You can only imagine the clapping going on in that theater at the end of the film)

Best of all, we lucked out that evening! There was a question / answer period following the 7pm movie premiere we attended: writer/director Jake Rademacher (the 3rd brother); award winning producer Norman Powell and Gary Sinese (known to most as Lt Dan from Forest Gump, starring in CSI-NY, and traveling the world to entertain our troops with his very talented professional band, The Lt Dan Band). There were even 2 of the troops that we saw in the documentary sitting in the audience as well. (More clapping and clapping) Even recommend by Roger Ebert in the Sun Times.

Great film. Hope it wins the Best Documentary Oscar.


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