Combat Obscura (2018)


Former combat videographer Miles Lagoze presents personal footage of US Marines in the Afghan war zone.


For years, Miles Lagoze served in Afghanistan as a Combat Camera, shooting footage and editing videos for Marine Corps recruiting purposes.

In this devastating film, Lagoze assembles his own footage and that of his fellow combat cameramen into a never-before-seen look at the daily life of Marines from the ultimate insider’s point of view.

More than a mere compilation of violence, the edit ingeniously re-purposes the original footage to reveal the intensity and paradoxes of war in an age of ubiquitous cameras, when all soldiers can record themselves with helmet-cams and cellphones.

Combat Obscura revels in the chasm separating civilian from military life and questions the psychological toll war exacts on all that it touches.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Miles Lagoze.
  • Editor(s): Eric Schuman.
  • Distributor(s): Oscilloscope.
  • Release Date: 01 March 2018 (True/False Film Festival) and 15 March 2019 (US general release).
  • Running Time: 70 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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