Off to War: From Rural Arkansas to Iraq

Directed by Craig Renaud and Brent Renaud

Release Year: 2005
Running Time: 452
Color Type: Color
Country: U.S.
Language: English [audio]
Genres: War, Documentary
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Directed by Craig Renaud and Brent Renaud

FROM RURAL ARKANSAS TO IRAQ
THE COMPLETE TEN-PART SERIES
As seen on the Discovery Times Channel

From the farms and fields of Arkansas to the deadly streets of Baghdad, OFF TO WAR tracks the citizen soldiers of the Arkansas National Guard as they come face to face with the horrors of war.

Never before has a unit of soldiers been followed from the beginning to the end of their deployment at war. In April 2004, filmmakers Brent and Craig Renaud arrived in Iraq with the Arkansas National Guard during one of the bloodiest months to date. Within twenty-four hours of their arrival, one of the guardsmen lay dead. By the end of the first month, they had lost more soldiers than any other National Guard Brigade in Iraq

From actual scenes of full-scale combat to a soldier's funeral, from the birth of a first child to the heartbreaking return home of a critically injured soldier, Off to War tells the story of a war in a way it has never been told before - through the eyes of the soldiers and families back home who endured it.

U.S. 2005 Color
452 Min. Not Rated 1.33:1
WARNING: This program contains adult language

A DCTV/RENAUD BROTHERS PRODUCTION
DIRECTED FILMED AND EDITED BY BRENT AND CRAIG RENAUD
EDITED BY JOHN CUSTODIO EDDIE STEIN MAMI KUWANO AND RUBIN POLIZZI
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS JON ALPERT AND DIANA SPERRAZZA
PRODUCED BY DOWNTOWN COMMUNITY TELEVISION CENTER FOR DISCOVERY TIMES CHANNEL
COPYRIGHT MMV DOWNTOWN COMMUNITY TV CENTER

Educational Reviews

"Shot in "cinema verite" style, this uncompromising series captures the full spectrum of the war's devastating toll while also allowing the guardsmen to speak their minds frankly about both their mission and how they are viewed by the Iraqi people." *** Recommended Video Librarian

Critical Acclaim

"One of the best documentaries about the war in Iraq." - Fox News

"(The) most intimate and memorable look at Americans in the Iraqi conflict." - The New York Times

"A closeup and compelling look at who serves and who sacrifices when America goes to war."- San Francisco Chronicle

"The cameras are unflinching in their portrayal of life in a combat zone whether it involves soldiers detonating improvised explosive devices intended to kill them or weeping as they leaf through family photos."- Andrew Wallenstein, The New York Times

Grade: A- Entertainment Weekly

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