About Taking Fire

posted: 08/26/16

Taking Fire is war as never seen before. A handful of rookies and their leaders from 101st Airborne Division packed personal helmet cameras with their standard issue kit and flew out for a year's deployment in Afghanistan. For them, 2010 would be spent in America's farthest flung outpost in the Korangal, deep in Taliban-held country. Excited and nervous, the rookies wanted to capture what they saw to show the folks back home. The footage they brought back charts an extraordinary first-eye view of modern warfare in one of the deadliest places on earth.

Their combat footage plunges viewers into the heart of the action, giving a visceral experience not captured by news reports or traditional documentaries. Deeper still, their unmediated rushes reveal personal struggles with the dilemmas, confusions, joys and sorrows of war. The men leave the States seeking adventure, inspired to serve their country. What they experience in Afghanistan changes them forever.

In flashes forward to their lives six years on, the men reflect on their year in the Korangal. Now, with their partners who waited anxiously for the safe return of their sweethearts, our soldiers reunite. For some, it's their chance to lay old ghosts to rest.

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