The Ground Truth
Directed by Patricia Foulkrod, this war documentary tells the story of veterans soldiers in the war of Iraq. The film follows up the story of individual soldiers, who after coming back from deployment, must face the disturbing war memories that haunt them every day. The Ground Truth displays the struggle of soldiers affected by PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and how they try to gain their normal lives back in a society was war is absent.
The veterans we follow in this movie show their stories before, during, and after their deployment to Iraq. Before joining the battle ground, they all joined the US army for different reasons, each soldier coming from a different path. After being sent to war with nothing more than some basic training, these soldiers faced the cruelty of war and lived with the consequences after being sent back home. After trying to adapt back in a normal society, we see how each soldier faces their demons separately.
Each character lives a different story after war. Robert, who lost a hand and a foot to a grenade explosion, became a US army specialist after serving time in Iraq prevented him from falling in prison. Charles, who was diagnosed with PTSD after war, overcame his disorder and became an anti-war activist and supported multiple movements for returning veterans. Jeffery, who also suffered PTSD, committed suicide. His parents then became anti-war activists.
The Operation Homecoming was an accord between Vietnam and the United States, in which almost 600 soldiers from the United States were released from South Vietnam after being captured as war prisoners.
This agreement brought an end to the participation of United States in the war of Vietnam. Prior to Operation Homecoming, the United States had still around 1400 soldiers listed as war prisoners or missing in action in Vietnam, so they demanded the release of around 1100 more soldiers reported as diseased in the battleground and whose bodies were never recovered.
The film of the same name, whose director was Richard E. Robbins, showcased the story of multiple writings made by United States military veterans who had assisted war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and was complemented by war footage from the media and multiple pictures. The film was based on these writings, which consisted of personal journals, information from letters sent by soldiers to their relatives, field reports and other sources collected during war.
Directed by Michael Tucker, Gunner Palace is a war documentary film that narrates the events of the Iraqi war during 2003 and 2004. It was released in 2005 to limited audiences. In the film, Tucker shows us the story of 400 American soldiers who carried out their mission from a bombed-out pleasure palace that once belonged to the infamous terrorist Saddam Hussein.
Gunner Palace displays the cruel events of the Iraqi war, including segments that were not shown by the war news. The film is based on the stories of American soldiers who were located in the central (and most dangerous) part of Baghdad. It features segments narrated by U.S. military veterans themselves, in the middle of the occurrences.
It documented military operations from multiple battalions, division and brigades and follow the stories of the soldiers in it. After multiple military movements within Baghdad, they troops are stationed in the luxury palace, which was later assigned the name of Fort Apache, a.k.a. Gunner Palace. The film documents raw scenes and events, some recreated digitally and some filmed by first-hand with United States soldiers.