The Kill Team (2013)


Introduction

The Kill Team is a documentary film about the Maywand District murders during the War in Afghanistan.

A film of the same name, based on the documentary, was aired in 2019.

Outline

This documentary exposes the stresses and aggressions of soldiers at war, in which a few are driven by boredom, anger, hatred, social pressure, or sociopathy to commit war crimes.

Private Adam Winfield was a 21-year-old soldier in Afghanistan when he attempted, with the help of his father, to alert the military to the murders his platoon was committing. But Winfield’s pleas went unheeded.

Pressured by threats to his life from his superior and other members of his unit, Winfield was drawn into a moral abyss and forced to make a split-second decision that changed his life forever.

The film follows him and his family through wartime events and the legal proceedings that followed, interspersed with interviews of the soldiers in his platoon and photos and video footage from Afghanistan.

Trivia

  • The film won first place in the category of Best Documentary Feature at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Dan Krauss.
  • Producer(s): Linda Davis, Julie Goldman, Deborah Hoffmann, and Dan Krauss.
  • Music: Justin Melland.
  • Cinematography: Dan Krauss.
  • Editor(s): Lawrence Lerew.
  • Production: Oscilloscope Pictures.
  • Distributor(s): Oscilloscope Pictures, ITVS, and Madman Entertainment.
  • Release Date: 26 April 2013 (Tribeca Film Festival).
  • Running Time: 79 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

 

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