Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro on their documentary, Body of War, the moving story of one veteran. Tomas Young who was shot and paralyzed less than a week into his tour of duty. Three years in the making, Body of War tells the poignant tale of the young man's journey from joining the service after 9/11 to fight in Afghanistan, to living with devastating wounds after being deployed to Iraq instead.
Body Of War movie trailer - starring Tomas Young, Brie Townsend, Bobby Muller, Robert Byrd. Directed by Phil Donahue. Theatrical Release Date: 4/9/2008
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Paralyzed from the chest down after serving in Iraq for just one week, 25-year-old Tomas Young is forced to deal with the realities of war each and every day. For Tomas, learning to cope with his disability meant finding his voice to speak out against the war in Iraq. Directed by Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro and set to the haunting vocals of Eddie Vedder, the multi award-winning BODY OF WAR splits its time between Tomasís arduous daily reality in Kansas City, MO, and the legislative processes that led up to the invasion of Iraq in 2002. Senatorial speeches and a running tally of pro-war votes are interspliced with intimate footage of Tomas as he navigates through the acute physical and emotional impacts of his injury. A testament to the power of parallel images, the film adeptly juxtaposes the sanitized vantage point of Washington with raw personal experience. In the end, this contrast forces viewers to question the motives, methods, and ever-rising cost of the conflict in Iraq. A deeply moving and bracingly honest film, BODY OF WAR narrates a story of courage, conviction, and resistance that must be heard.
Tomas Young returned home from the Iraq War paralyzed, struggling to deal with his physical limitations and his changing feelings about the war.
Paralyzed from the chest down after serving in Iraq for just one week, Tomas Young is forced to deal with the realities of war every day. For Tomas, learning to cope with his disability meant finding his voice to speak out against the war in Iraq.
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