Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Semper Fi

After reading about this movie on Pam's House Blend, my husband and I got to catch it the other night (If you get Showtime, you can watch it "On Demand"):

Semper Fi: One Marine's Journey
The movie is absolutely stunning. Not only is this film about a gay man in the military but it's the story of the war in Iraq itself. This is the first time I've seen the Iraq war through the eyes of someone who was required to be there. The movie intertwines the stage play, interviews and actual footage from Iraq. Edge Boston has an article and interview with Jeff Key, the marine in the film:

In the Showtime documentary Semper Fi, we learn about Key’s background, his family, his friends, and the tour of duty he served in Iraq, where he kept a journal full of hilarious and wrenching insights. Some entries, such as the one in which Key compares the hot desert wind to Satan’s flatulence, left his comrades-in-arms rolling with laughter; others detail Key’s deep concern for the toll the war has taken on Iraqi civilians, especially children. Upon his return to the States, Key turned to his journal for source material in the writing of his one-man play, The Eyes of Babylon.

If you get the chance I highly recommend this insightful film.

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