GenreDocumentary, War Running time1h 27m ScreenplayPhil Donahue, Ellen Spiro LanguageEnglish
DirectorPhil Donahue, Ellen Spiro Release date2007 WriterPhil Donahue, Ellen Spiro CastRobert Byrd (Himself), Cathy Smith (Herself), Nathan Young (Himself), Tomas Young (Himself) Similar moviesThe Ground Truth (2006)
Body of war
Body of War is a 2007 documentary portraying Iraq War veteran Tomas Young. Bill Moyers Journal featured a one-hour special about Body of War including interviews with filmmakers Ellen Spiro and Phil Donahue.
Shocked by the September 11 attacks Thomas Young wants to defend his country and subsequently he joins the United States Armed Forces. As a soldier he is sent to Iraq and soon after his arrival a marksman's bullet maims him. Intercut with his personal story is footage from Congressional proceedings in Washington, D.C. which led to this disputed war.
Shortlisted for an Oscar nomination from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Best Documentary (National Board of Review of Motion Pictures)
People's Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Hamptons International Film Festival.
Time assessed the documentary as "superb" and "very moving". The Washington Post considered the documentary well-told, upsetting and "ferocious". The Hollywood Reporter certified "Body of War" was special among other antiwar documentaries for its "identification" with one particular human fate. Moving Pictures agreed the film "secures its strength" by that. The Los Angeles Times described this narrative as a “heartbreaking account" and moreover spoke of a strong indictment of "the tactical politics that led to the invasion". The Boston Globe and The Kansas City Star also called it "heartbreaking". The Toronto Star appreciated protagonist Thomas Young as a "fascinating, charismatic character". The Philadelphia Inquirer stated Young's filmic portrait was a "complex profile in courage". The Austin Chronicle said "Body of War" was "affecting" and a "cinematic argument against the war". TV Guide resumed it was a "powerful film".
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The double-CD compilation of songs curated by Iraq war veteran Tomas Young, was released by Sire Records on March 18, 2008 — two days before the fifth anniversary of the United States’ invasion of Iraq. A Body of War music site was created to provide special features and related links.