Body of War

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Released 2007

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Director:
Phil Donahue
Released:
2007
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Body of War is a powerful documentary following the recovery and rehabilitation process of Thomas Young, a veteran of the Iraq War paralyzed by a bullet during the war. Intertwined with the footage of Young is footage from Congress as legislators debated the resolution authorizing President George W. Bush to use military action in the country. Young was 24 when he arrived in Iraq in March 2004. Almost immediately, he found himself back in the U.S. at Walter Reed Army Medical Center to be treated for a bullet wound that left him paralyzed from the chest down. Filmmakers Ellen Spiro and Phil Donahou follow him through his days as he struggles to put on his clothing or sit up straight in his wheelchair. In addition to discussing the emotional toll of his injury on himself, family members share their feelings, as well. The film was named Best Documentary of 2007 by The National Board of Review and was runner-up for the People's Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival.moreless

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  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    Politics recede in the face of the realities of Young's life, and Spiro and Donahue would have succeeded in making the same point had they omitted all but his day-to-day existence....

  • 60

    Variety

    By documenting the difficult life of their paraplegic subject, helmers Ellen Spiro and Phil Donahue succeed in personalizing some of the war's grim statistics, but the purview of t...

  • 50

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    There is another body of war at issue here, however, and it's this body that throws the documentary off kilter and eventually off course: Congress.

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