Michael Moore on Phil Donahue & Body of War:
" I have such admiration for you and this incredible film you made. Tomas is such a powerful voice, reading his (recent) letter on the internet, was both heartbreaking and empowering... This is one of the best docs of the last decade. It is so powerful, so moving, if you have not seen it, I highly encourage you to please watch this film. You will be profoundly moved."
A unique screening event and discussion with Donahue's highly acclaimed film, Body of War, is a documentary about "the true face of war today" and follows the homecoming story of 25-year-old Tomas Young. After being shot in his spine on this very day nine years ago on a rescue mission in Sadr City, Iraq - April 4, 2004, while serving in Iraq for less than a week - Tomas arrives home. The 82 minute film follows the journey of Tomas "coming to terms with his disability and finding his own unique and passionate voice against the war."
Donahue will speak on the questions of where we are as a people, ten years after the Iraq invasion, how our mainstream media has served citizens of the United States over the past decade, his reasoning for helping create Body of War, and the impact Tomas Young's story has had on his life. Questions of accountability, activism, representative government and much more will be discussed in this peaceful venue, including the recent launch of righttoheal.org. The event is part of the Doc & Discourse series, produced by Hudson Torch Media.
Included within this event will be the reading of Tomas' recent March 2013 letter to former President George Bush and former Vice President Richard Cheney, which received more than 35,000 online reader comments within the first 48 hours of a singular Yahoo.com article posting.
Following the film - which will start at 6 pm sharp - attendees will have a 5-minute intermission prior to the discussion. Invited guest moderator Kevin Gosztola and Phil Donahue will together lead the discussion. Gosztola is a journalist with the collaborative news site Firedoglake.com and is known for his work covering Pfc. Bradley manning's court martial proceedings. Just 25, Gosztola regularly covers issues involving whistleblowers, press freedom, drones, surveillance, torture, indefinite detention and war, and has appeared on various TV and radio programs across the United States to share his insights and reporting.
DOC & DISCOURSE is a new monthly series that allows New Yorkers to watch groundbreaking documentaries created in the common good, and pose questions to the directors, producers and subjects of each film. The series hopes to generate awareness of social injustices and create solutions to these shared local, national and often global obstacles, be it through advocacy, activism or more creative methods.
WHAT: Body of War Film Screening and Discussion with Phil Donahue
WHEN: Thursday, April 4, 2013 | 6pm-9pm
WHERE: Culture Project, 45 Bleecker St., New York NY
INFO: Facebook RSVP | Hudsontorch.com
"A vivid powerful window into a wounded vet‘s world." – Gregory Kirschling, Entertainment Weekly
"Superb documentary... almost unbearably moving." – Richard Corliss, Time Magazine
"Impossible not to like... Remarkable” – New York Times
"Multiple standing ovations for BODYOF WAR" – Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
To arrange an interview with the film's director please email or text Andy Stepanian at firstname.lastname@example.org or 631.291.3010.