War film documents grim Afghan reality for troops

Associated Press Writer

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) - An award-winning documentary about the war in Afghanistan is refocusing attention from the generals leading the war to the soldiers on the front lines.

Soldiers say they're glad the movie "Restrepo" (reh-STREP'-oh) shows the war's realities and the lives of the people fighting it. The film follows the deployment of an Army platoon at an isolated outpost.

The film that won the top documentary prize at the Sundance Film Festival opened in June, around the same time that the U.S. general in charge of Afghanistan was fired for speaking ill of his civilian bosses.

Promoters have been showing it in communities near big military bases. It's gone from playing in just New York and Los Angeles to 50 theaters around the country, with dozens more theaters scheduled.

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