The Ground Truth stunned filmgoers at the 2006 Sundance and Nantucket Film Festivals.
Hailed as "powerful" and "quietly unflinching," Patricia Foulkrod's searing documentary feature includes exclusive footage that will stir audiences. The filmmaker's subjects are patriotic young Americans - ordinary men and women who heeded the call for military service in Iraq - as they experience recruitment and training, combat, homecoming, and the struggle to reintegrate with families and communities. The terrible conflict in Iraq, depicted with ferocious honesty in the film, is a prelude for the even more challenging battles fought by the soldiers returning home – with personal demons, an uncomprehending public, and an indifferent government.
As these battles take shape, each soldier becomes a new kind of hero, bearing witness and giving support to other veterans, and learning to fearlessly wield the most powerful weapon of all - the truth.
This film is not about the right or the left, or about blue or red states. It is about the hundreds of thousands of U.S. soldiers who have been released by the military after serving in Iraq - and the truth they hope to share with their fellow citizens. You can honor those who have served by listening to what they have to say.
Run time: 78 minutes
Addressed to young people and their families, Before You Enlist! provides a rational voice to counter the seductive and often deceptive recruiting practices of the U.S. military.
Soldiers, veterans and military family members paint a vivid picture of the realities of military life and the human cost of war, contrasted with the glamorized images and promises of a recruiting ad. Share this video with every young person you know!
Run time: 14 minutes