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In September 2006, a 3 man patrol of Paras sets off from their outpost overlooking Kajaki Dam in southern Afghanistan, to engage the Taliban. As they make their way across a dried out river bed one of them steps on a mine left from the Russian intervention some 25 years before. His colleagues rush to his aid only to find they are surrounded by mines and every move threatens serious injury or death.Written by
Andrew de Lotbiniere
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True story of British soldiers stuck in a minefield, where even a wrong step can mean death, after an accident during their deployment in Afghanistan. It is a honest endeavour into capturing the battle scene, neither is there any effort to exaggerate it neither to sentimentalize it, but only to show the reality. And it has no agenda, it doesn't debates on why they went into Afghanistan and whether it was right or wrong. It is free of glamour and glitz that we are accustomed to through big budget American war films and the agenda that they carry. According to experts it is horrifyingly authentic in its portrayal. This film brings to the screen the brutality of mines and one can't help but compare this with what our soldiers, of Pakistan army, have been experiencing in northern areas. A must see as it reminds us the bitter realities of war.
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