It has been called 'the saddest acre in America.' It is also one of the most sacred. Section 60 in Arlington National Cemetery is the final resting place for young men and women who died ...
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It has been called 'the saddest acre in America.' It is also one of the most sacred. Section 60 in Arlington National Cemetery is the final resting place for young men and women who died fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. For families and friends, it is a place to grieve, to honor, to remember--and to find comfort and community with others who have shared the same profound loss. Award-winning filmmakers Jon Alpert and Matthew O'Neill present this emotional, elegiac documentary filmed entirely in Section 60 where cameras captured the sights and sounds of funerals and provide intimate glimpses of family members and friends who have come to honor their loved ones.
Directors John Alpert and Matthew O'Neill made this moving documentary that pretty much does nothing except stay at the Arlington National Cemetery to talk with family members of those who have died in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The film clocks in at just over 50-minutes and the majority of that time we just hear from various family members who talk about their loved ones who have died. Some people just come to cry at their tombstones. Some people come to share a beer with them while others come to take a nap with those who have died. For the most part this is a good film but at the same time I'm really not sure who I'd recommend it to. The thing is incredibly depressing to watch so I'm sure this will have most people not wanting to check it out. I mean, most people don't find entertainment in being depressed. Another thing is that the film does appear to be missing something as I'm not quite sure what it's goal was. At times I really did feel as if these people should have had their own time without a camera there but I guess the argument to this is that they all agreed to be on camera. I'm sure other documentaries could cover other stories like how much space is left available on Section 60 and there's quick shot here of the people who take care of the grave site.
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