Sundance Channel to Premiere Body of War on Veteran's Day Documentary Directed and Produced by Ellen Spiro and Phil Donahue

Portrait of Iraq War Veteran Slated for Veteran's Day Premiere November

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"Superb Documentary! Unbearably Moving!" - Richard Corliss, Time


Sep 22, 2008, 01:00 ET from Sundance Channel

    NEW YORK, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Sundance Channel will recognize
 Veteran's Day, November 11, 2008, with the television premiere of the
 feature documentary Body of War winner of the National Board of Review
 award for Best Documentary. Written, produced and directed by legendary
 talk show host and first time director Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro, the
 film explores the experience of Iraq War veteran Tomas Young, whose spine
 was severed by a sniper's bullet within a week of arriving in Iraq, leaving
 him paralyzed for life at age 25. Body of War also features two original
 songs written and performed by Eddie Vedder. The film was in national
 release earlier this year handled by the independent distributor, the Film
 Sales Company.
     The film follows Young as he returns home to Missouri, marries in
 August 2005 and begins the next chapter of his life as an outspoken member
 of Iraq Veterans Against the War. Interwoven with scenes of Young's daily
 reality is archival footage of the historic debate that unfolded in October
 2002, when President Bush raised the specter of a nuclear Iraq and Congress
 debated the joint resolution that granted him authority to invade Iraq.
     Director and producer Phil Donahue said, "It's important that people
 understand the deep impact of war on our citizens long after the war is
 over. Ellen and I are so pleased that Sundance Channel will make the film
 available on television to millions of Americans. Tomas Young is one of
 thousands of returning veterans forced to adjust to serious changes in
 their lives in the wake of this war, and it's critical that their stories
 get out there."
     Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) was founded in 2004 by Iraq War
 veterans to give voice to the large number of active duty service people
 and veterans who are against this war, but are under various pressures to
 remain silent. From its inception, the IVAW has called for immediate
 withdrawal of all occupying forces in Iraq; reparations for human and
 structural damages suffered by Iraq; and full benefits, health care and
 other supports for returning service people. The IVAW membership includes
 recent veterans and active duty service people from all military branches,
 National Guard members, and reservists who have served in the U.S. military
 since September 11, 2001. The organization has members in 48 states,
 Washington, D.C., Canada and numerous bases overseas, including Iraq.
     Body of War was acquired for Sundance Channel by Ian Bricke, Senior
 Director Acquisitions and Programming, on behalf of Sundance Channel, from
 Andrew Herwitz, The Film Sales Company President, on behalf of The Film
 Sales Company.
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