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Director  Deborah Scranton
Initial DVD release  May 15, 2007
Duration  
7.3/10 IMDb


Genre  Documentary, War
Music director  Norman Arnold
Language  English
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Release date  April 29, 2006
Initial release  June 2, 2006 (New York City)
Cast  Zack Bazzi (Himself), Duncan Domey (Himself), Ben Flanders (Himself), Mike Moriarty (Himself), Steve Pink (Himself), Brandon Wilkins (Himself)
Similar movies  Uncovered: The War on Iraq (2004), My Country - My Country (2006), Brothers at War (2009), Occupation: Dreamland (2006), Gunner Palace (2004)

The War Tapes is a 2006 American war documentary film, directed by Deborah Scranton. The film is the first documentary account of the 2003 invasion of Iraq to be produced by the soldiers themselves. The film (released commercially in 2006) follows three New Hampshire Army National Guard soldiers before, during, and after their deployment to Iraq about a year after the invasion. Their unit was Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 172nd Infantry Regiment (Mountain), which deployed from March 2004 to February 2005.

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The three soldiers with cameras featured in the film are SPC Michael Moriarty who signed up in a burst of patriotism after 9/11 and asked to be shipped to Iraq. His colleagues are SGT Stephen Pink, who joined the National Guard to help pay for college, and SGT Zack Bazzi. Two other soldiers, SGT Duncan Domey and SPC Brandon Wilkins, also filmed their entire deployments for the film. In all, 17 soldiers were given cameras and recorded 800 hours of tape in Iraq. Stateside interviews with the soldiers and their families made up an additional 200 hours of tape. The "cast" was narrowed to three soldiers for the final feature-length film. They were chosen in part because they were seen by the director and producers as the "main characters".

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The film won the prize for Best International Documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival in May 2006 and also Best International Documentary at BRITDOC in July 2006. The documentary was released for sale on DVD in North America on May 15, 2007. Moreover, it is possibly the most innovative result of the embedded reporter program. In this case the reporter did not go to Iraq, but provided cameras to the soldiers, and provided direction on filming to them via instant messaging and email.

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References

The War Tapes Wikipedia
The War Tapes IMDbThe War Tapes Rotten TomatoesThe War Tapes MetacriticThe War Tapes themoviedb.org


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