Camp Victory, Afghanistan is the true story of the American Exit Strategy. Using 300 hours of vérité footage shot over the course of three years, the film follows General Sayar of the Afghan National Army (ANA) and the U.S. National Guardsmen sent to mentor him and his men. General Sayar, a man who's been at war his entire life, and Col. Shute, a lifelong Guardsmen and the father of two sons serving in Iraq, are assigned to each other.
As they struggle against vast differences in language, religion and culture to achieve the goals of their respective nations, a surprising friendship develops between them. With unprecedented access to top U.S. and Afghan military leaders, Camp Victory, Afghanistan is the first film to examine the reality of building a functioning Afghan military — a critical step toward bringing stability to Afghanistan and the linchpin of any U.S. exit strategy.
But it is also a strategy fraught with very human limits and complications. In war and in peace, the humanity of these two leaders, and the fallibility of their men, create a heart-breaking picture of a conflict that brings out the best of men in the worst of circumstances.
Outreach money for CAMP VICTORY AFGHANISTAN would be used for several purposes:
•creation of a media-rich, destination website on the topic of Afghanistan, with an emphasis on non-partisan reporting
•funding of festival travel for director Carol Dysinger and Col. Shute
•funding of community-based screenings across the country, but focused on the top tier war colleges
For further information on the film, check out: http://www.campvictoryafghanistanthemovie.com/.
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