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Day One (2015)

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On her first day in Afghanistan, an interpreter for the US Army is forced to deliver the child of an enemy bomb-maker.

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Henry Hughes

Writers:

Dawn DeVoe (story), Henry Hughes (story) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Layla Alizada ... Feda
Navid Negahban ... Dr. Nasir
Alexia Ali Pearl ... Naheed (as Alexia Pearl)
Bill Zasadil Bill Zasadil ... Lieutenant Adams
Alain Washnevsky ... Jalal
Yanellie Ireland ... Mina
Shari Vasseghi ... Nazaneen
Mustafa Haidari ... Gulab
Jesse Luken ... Sergeant McCloud
Ali Olomi ... Omar
Dave Racki Dave Racki ... Private Hughes
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael McCarthy ... Private Spear
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Storyline

Inspired by a true story, an Afghan-American woman on the heels of a divorce joins the US Military as an interpreter. On her first day of deployment in Afghanistan, her unit searches out the remote house of a bomb-maker. When the bomb-maker's pregnant wife goes into labor, the interpreter must go beyond the call of duty to deliver her breech child.

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An AFI Thesis Film See more »

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Short | Drama | Thriller | War

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PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Dari

Release Date:

March 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Day One: Lexus See more »

Filming Locations:

Afghanistan

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Stereo (5.1 surround)

Color:

Color | Color (DCP)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Dr. Nasir is named so as a nod to the character Abu Nasir that Navid Negahban played in the series Homeland See more »

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Featured in The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2016: Live Action (2016) See more »

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Very unpleasant but well done...
30 January 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This film was definitely the most difficult to watch of all the nominees for Best Live-Action Short. It's quite timely and very well done but I noticed a lot of folks cringing and reacting viscerally to this film. The fact that it made such a big impact is a good thing...but some will find this all a bit unpleasant.

The story is set in what you assume is Afghanistan--though I don't recall the film even mentioning where the American soldiers were stationed in that general area. A new female interpreter has just arrived and is about to go on her first assignment. Unfortunately, this first encounter will clearly be among the most traumatic and difficult of her military career. This is because not only is one of the men killed by some sort of explosion but subsequently they come upon a family and the wife is dying because of a very, very complicated pregnancy. So not only will the interpreter have to interpret but because of the Muslim culture, the men in the group are not allowed to see the woman in labor. But it's a very, very bad labor and the interpreter cannot imagine anything good coming out of this...and she's probably right. It's going to be a horrible day.

As I said above, this is a very traumatic film and one I would not want younger viewers to see. I could say more but you'd just have to see it for yourself to know what I mean. The film is not gratuitous in its violence but it's a situation that is bleak and depressing...but also exceptionally well made and one of the most unusual shorts I've ever seen.

UPDATE: "Stutterer" took the Oscar for Best Live Action Short.


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