“The Kill Team,” winner of the documentary Grand Jury Prize at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, hits theaters July 25 in New York, August 1 in San Francisco, and August 8 in Los Angeles. Oscilloscope Laboratories is known for distributing quality films, and “The Kill Team” is a true story which should grip you from the start. Specialist Adam Winfield was a 20-year-old soldier in Afghanistan who witnessed members of his platoon kill innocent civilians (the film’s moniker is the squad’s nickname).
Although he alerted his father of the atrocities, the crimes continued and on May 2, 2010 Winfield was charged with the murder of another Afghan civilian, Mullah Allah Dad (Winfield received a three year sentence under a plea deal). Director Daniel Krauss (The Death of Kevin Carter) documents the effects Winfield’s actions had on his family, and as you’ll see from the trailer below, there is always two sides to the story.
“With this film, I would like to introduce audiences to a new concept just starting to be discussed in psychiatric circles: ‘moral injury,'” said Krauss in his director’s statement. “It refers to a psychological wound that comes from having taken an action or not prevented an action that is a betrayal of one’s core moral values.”
Check out the trailer below – the doc’s receiving great word of mouth and it’s definitely on my must see list. Feel free to comment below and share your thoughts on the trailer or the film’s subject matter.