This film is 10 minutes to watch. In those 10 minutes you feel the despair of a detainee who is being broken down.
Prisoner of war stars Josh Kelly. He is a military veteran but is known for his roles on numerous shows such as One Life To Live, Un-real, Army Wives. He also played in zero dark thirty. Josh served three tours in Afghanistan and one tour in Iraq.
This film will shed light on PTSD and what it does to the person who suffers from it. It revels the enemy is not always who we think the enemy is. You will see a prisoner being brought to a secluded room. The guards mock and question him sarcastically. You will see the controversial water boarding technique used. The end you see a broken and vulnerable detainee. Who in the end takes his life.
This video is showing what our combat veterans are facing. The struggles they live with. In 10 minutes you are hit with the reality of what our war on terrorism has done to our veterans. That they get so broken down that they can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. That they feel the only way out of their private hell is to end their life.
Matthew R. Sanders: Award-winning Director Matthew R. Sanders is a veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan, having served as a light infantryman in 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment from 2002-2007. After separating from the Army, he attended the Los Angeles Film School, graduating in 2009 with an Associates in Filmmaking. Since film school, he has worked on various projects to include the award-winning documentary Nomadic Veterans. Sanders wrote, directed, and produced Prisoner of War, which has already won film festival accolades. (bio provided by Matthew Sanders)
I have had the pleasure of talking with Matthew at the Military Veteran Project Gala about his project. After talking with him and watching this movie. It is clear their is a disconnect with our society and our veterans. We need to close that gap. Every 65 minutes we loose a soldier to suicide. That is 22 a day. That is 22 to many. These men and women have seen horrific things. Have been to hell and back. We should be making them our priorities.
Thank you Matthew and Josh for bringing light to this subject. You can watch the video below.
We thank Josh and Matthew for their service. Along with all the countless others who are serving and have served our great country.