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SPECIAL EVENTS

THE WESTERN FRONT

Directed by Zachary Iscol
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 84 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE THE WESTERN FRONT

In 2004, writer/director Zachary Iscol fought as a US Marine in Al Anbar, Iraq's most violent province. There, the inevitable result of violence was always more violence, until the Marine Corps eventually learned the unforgiving paradox of counterinsurgency—that killing is how you make enemies, not defeat them, and that peace is predicated upon working with former enemies. Zach returns to the province, now considered a counterinsurgency model, to confront the awful dilemmas he faced fighting an enemy that hid among civilians.

Profoundly honest, The Western Front explores these dilemmas from all sides to reveal the harsh impact we had on our enemies, our allies, civilians, and our soldiers. Impressively shot on location in Iraq, first-timer Iscol fuses haunting personal war stories with larger issues and makes for an affecting behind-the-scenes look at the challenges of war from a soldier's perspective. As the film navigates a path to reconciliation, the impact of war is readily felt, and Iscol's search for answers resonates beyond the screen.

Documentary
About the Director(s)
Zachary Iscol is a former Marine infantry officer. After graduating from Exeter Academy and then Cornell University, he did two tours in Iraq and served throughout Africa, the Middle East, and into Central Asia. The Western Front is his first film.

Film Info
  • Section:
    Special Events
  • Year:
    2010
  • Length:
    84 minutes
  • Language:
    English, Arabic
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
    World
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Primary Cast:
    Zachary Iscol, Abood Al Khafagee, Nicholas Fox, Batrool Al Khafagee, John Nagel, David Kicullen
  • Director:
    Zachary Iscol
  • Screenwriter:
    Zachary Iscol
  • Producers:
    Radha Agrawal, Zachary Iscol
  • Editor:
    Jiunn Kwon
  • Directors of Photography:
    Bradford Young, Radha Agrawal
  • Composer:
    Robert Miller

Contacts
  • Director
    Zachary Iscol
    The Editorial Project
    New York, NY 10012
    Phone: 914 325 6933
    zachiscol@gmail.com
  • Producer
    Radha Agrawal
    The Editorial Project
    New York, NY 10012
    Phone: 917 687 7352
    radhatwin@gmail.com
  • Director
    Zachary Iscol
    The Editorial Project
    New York, NY 10012
    Phone: 914 325 6933
    zachiscol@gmail.com
  • Producer
    Radha Agrawal
    The Editorial Project
    New York, NY 10012
    Phone: 917 687 7352
    radhatwin@gmail.com

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