War Documentaries that are shot almost exclusively using a Soldier’s recorded Helmet Cam Video are getting to be the standard by which all 21st Century War Documentaries are judged now.
After the groundbreaking Afghanistan War Documentary Restrepo by Sebastian Junger and the late Tim Hetheringon and their equally powerful follow-up Documentary, Korengal, which documented the lives of the 173rd Airborne Brigade as they fought Taliban insurgents in the hellish Korengal Valley in Eastern Afghanistan, not by listening and watching some pompous Hollywood director narrate the action, but by simply recording what happened and letting the soldiers who sere fighting and dying tell the story. It was hard to imagine a better war documentary being made after Restrepo quite frankly.
But then came Director Ricky Schroeder’s excellent 2015 series The Fighting Season and his 2016 Follow-Up My Fighting Season on Audience Network. With the majority of the footage being First Person Soldier POV Helmet Cam and the remainder being Solider and Officer narration of the actual battles being shown, My Fighting Season showed combat in its purest, most un-adulterated form. Gritty, Hard-Hitting and No Bullshit from the soldier’s perspective and not the media’s.
Taking Fire is anticipated to be a runner-up to these great War Documentaries. It will combine both Soldier POV Helmet-Cam and Standard Digital Camera footage along with solider narration.
Taking Fire Premieres on Discovery Channel September 13th.