ABOUT THE FILM
Filmmaker Scott Kesterson was 41 when he decided to change his life. He owned a small construction company in Portland but had never given up on his dream of being a photojournalist. But as he grew older, circumstances always had a way of leading him down different paths.
Then one day, while surfing the web, he came across Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist David Leeson, and decided to contact him. Within a week, David offered to be a mentor. Six months later Scott was on a plane to Afghanistan with the Oregon National Guard as an embedded journalist – finally pursuing his lifelong dream.
AT WAR presents what Scott found with his camera – a whirlwind of diverse experiences illustrating the chaos of war through the eyes of U.S., Canadian and Afghan soldiers.
Ultimately, we learn that the only true definition of war lies within the context of personal experience. AT WAR is an intense journey into a world of conflict, whether overseas or in our own living rooms.
War is a dichotomy. The narrow bridge linking love and hate, joy and sorrow, courage and cowardice or honor and shame is an eternal reminder of the best and worst of ourselves.
AT WAR is an action-packed odyssey as seen from the front lines through the eyes of soldiers. It features exclusive combat footage and intriguing conversations with soldiers. It is a voyage into the realization of dreams, lifelong passions and the facets of war that are part of all of us.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
“Everyone needs to see this film. From the high-school kid who is trying to understand the world we live in today and where this country is heading all the way to President Obama himself. .. If you are about to deploy to Afghanistan, you need to see this film. If you have a family member or friend in Afghanistan and you want to understand what they are going through, then you need to see this film. If you care about your country, then you need to see this film.”
— www.bouhammer.com (March 16, 2009)
“Almost in defiance of convention, the film uses quotes and text rendered in white type at the beginning of “chapters” and a sound track comprised of the raw film’s ambient sounds along with music from little-known bands. The weaving of the imagery, text and music delivers a visceral experience that latches onto the audience like a vise. At times both startling and confusing, “At War” that military, veteran and civilians can relate to. “At War” almost demands an emotional response, especially noticeable in the powerful memorial ceremonies sequence for fallen U.S., Canadian and Afghan Soldiers. “
— Lt. Col. Paul Fanning, New York National Guard (March 11, 2009)