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Day One (2015)

PG-13 | | Short, Drama, Thriller | March 2015 (USA)
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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.

Director:

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 Pearl ... Naheed
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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Sound Mix:

Stereo (5.1 surround)

Color:

Color | Color (DCP)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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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Hard to Watch but Impressive Short
26 February 2016 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Day One (2015)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Of all the live action Oscar nominated shorts this one here from Henry Hughes is certainly the most unpleasant. It deals with a woman named Feda (Layla Alizada) who is on her first tour in Afghanistan working as an interpreter. She ends up at the home of a bomb maker where she's just expecting to translate but soon the man's pregnant wife goes into labor.

DAY ONE is a fairly grim and graphic tale that could have very well gone down the road of exploitation and been one of the more disgusting entries in that genre. However, it doesn't go down that path and instead turns into a pretty frank and brutal character study as we get to see various obstacles this woman goes through on her first day on the job. What really helps the movie are the terrific performance by the entire cast. It's certainly not a very easy film to watch but it really pays off in the end.


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