The Kill Team is a film that sticks with you. I saw it at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, where it picked up the Grand Jury Prize for documentary. That was over a year ago, but some of its images remain vivid and urgent in my mind. Perhaps that’s because the film itself is urgent, a journalistic expose of war crimes committed by some American soldiers in Afghanistan. At the center is Specialist Adam Winfield, a member of the unit in question who tried to alert the military and ended up instead charged with first degree murder himself. It’s a brutal narrative but an essential one, cracking open our often simplistic ideas about war.
Filmmaker Dan Krauss has made a film as bold as its subject matter, hiding nothing from the audience. This stark commitment to bravery as both a journalistic stance and an aesthetic choice is highlighted by the poster. Nonfics is happy to premiere this one-sheet, courtesy of Oscilloscope Laboratories, which releases the film on July 25th. It features the image of Winfield with his lips blocked by an American flag, washed in white, a blunt evocation of the imposed silence around issues of military misconduct. The single blurb is taken from my Film School Rejects review, which you can read here.
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