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Thursday, October 5, 2006

The Ground Truth

Posted on Thu, Oct 5, 2006 at 4:00 AM

The Ground Truth
Studio: Universal
Rated: R
WorkNameSort: Ground Truth, The
This compassionate, indispensable tear-jerker, which debuted at Sundance this year, spotlights post-combat testimonials from a handful of American soldiers in Iraq and their turbulent roads to normality back home. Patricia Foulkrod's documentary shows how, for various reasons ' manipulative recruiters, the lure of college tuition, delusions of Top Gun glamour, belief in the president's rhetoric tying Saddam Hussein to Sept. 11 ' our enlisted wound up in the quagmire of Iraq and received almost no support from their government upon returning home. One of the Ground Truths of the film is the erosion of care and benefits for emotional and mental injuries. There's nothing pretty or optimistic in the film, so it's no surprise this one didn't hit multiplexes (too many screens are taken up with Flyboys). After all, who wants bad news? But in a time when glum reports from Iraq are largely ignored by cable-news talking heads and are relegated to the back pages of our newspapers, The Ground Truth is a vital reminder of the human cost of misguided policy.

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