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The Kill Team

World Documentary Competition

World Premiere

USA | 79 MINUTES | English |


Drama, Documentary
In 2010, the media branded a platoon of U.S. Army infantry soldiers “The Kill Team” following reports of its killing for sport while stationed in Afghanistan. Two years later, Dan Krauss examines this heinous war crime from the perspective of the accused. Firsthand accounts from four of the implicated soldiers provide insight into the circumstances that inspired the gratuitous killing of Afghan civilians.

Krauss’s well-crafted documentary subtly alludes to a greater dialogue regarding the ramped accusations of abuse, torture and rape that plague the American military machine. Focusing on the military’s case against the accused, the film pays particular attention to the prosecution of perhaps not entirely innocent whistleblower Private Adam Winfield. He dreamed of being an American patriot, fighting for his beloved country. When the actions of his superiors proved less than honorable, Winfield found his enemies were closer than expected. Now he must grapple with his role in the alleged killings and defend himself against the government for which he once fought. Will his purported efforts to stop such egregious behavior be enough to pardon him? Or was his consent in his silence?

—Holly Voges


Directed by Dan Krauss

DAN KRAUSS’s short The Death of Kevin Carter was nominated for an Academy Award® and two Emmy Awards and won prizes at TFF and numerous other festivals. As a cinematographer, he has worked on several feature documentaries, including the Oscar®-nominated The Most Dangerous Man in America. He is currently a lecturer at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.
Dan Krauss
Dan Krauss, Lawrence Lerew, Linda Davis
Linda Davis, Dan Krauss
Lawrence Lerew
Dan Krauss
Executive Producer
Julie Goldman, Deborah Hoffmann
Justin Melland


US Sales Contact
Julie Goldman
Motto Pictures
Brooklyn, 11201
Phone: 718 923 1950
International Sales Contact
Julie Goldman
Motto Pictures
Brooklyn, 11201
Phone: 718 923 1950
Erin Bruce
Falco Ink
New York, 10016
Phone: 212 445 7100
Print Source
Dan Krauss
f/8 Filmworks Ltd
Oakland, CA 94612