POV‘s 24th season continues with the U.S. broadcast premiere of the Cannes Critics’ Week Grand Prix winner Armadillo, one of the most dramatic and candid accounts of combat to come out of Afghanistan.
The film airs on PBS stations, Tuesday, August 30, 2011. Check your local listings.
In 2009, Janus Metz and cameraman Lars Skree accompanied a platoon of Danish soldiers to Armadillo, a combat operations base in southern Afghanistan. For six months, often while under fire, they captured the lives of the young soldiers fighting the Taliban in a hostile and confusing environment, where official rhetoric about helping civilians too often met the unforgiving reality of being a foreign occupier.
After watching the film, visit POV’s Armadillo website for interactive features about the film:
- Watch it on POV’s website starting Wednesday, August 31, 2011. Then, go behind the lens with an exclusive extended interview with director Janus Metz.
- Join us for a live chat on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 2 PM ET with filmmaker Janus Metz.
- View a photo gallery of stunning images from the film.
- Explore a timeline of controversies relating to the war in Afghanistan.
- Director Janus Metz updates POV on what’s happened to the soldiers of Armadillo since the camera’s stopped rolling.
- View a map of FOB Armadillo and the surrounding area as it was during the time of the documentary.
- Learn more about Denmark’s foreign policy and its relationship with Afghanistan.
- Read reactions to Armadillo and the war in Afghanistan, and contribute your own thoughts.
- Get a discussion guide, lesson plan, a reading list, and other resources for use in the classroom.
- Visit the POV Armadillo companion site for a film prize giveaway starting Wednesday August 31, 2011.
POV’s 24th season continues Tuesday nights through September 27, concluding with a special broadcast on November 10. Keep up with the films at http://pbs.org/pov, on Twitter @povdocs or on Facebook.