Memorial Day Documentaries

Join us in commemorating Memorial Day this year with two iconic war documentaries: A classic from the World War II era, and a modern day account of combat in Afghanistan.

The first, on Monday, May 23, is an OSCAR winning classic  World War II documentary, Prelude to War, and the second, Restrepo, on Tuesday, May 31, is an acclaimed, candid account of the current war in Afghanistan.

Both films will begin at 6:30 pm in the second floor events room. They are free and open to the public. But please note that Restrepo is rated R and not suitable for all audiences.

Synopsis of Prelude to War :

This is the first of an acclaimed series of documentaries that were made during World War II, using actual newsreel footage, by three OSCAR winners; producer-director Frank Capraof the U.S. Army Signal Corps, composer Dimitri Tiomkin, and actor-narrator Walter Huston.

Prelude to War  won a 1943 ACADEMY AWARD for Best Documentary, and recounts the Japanese incursion in Manchuria, the Italian conquest of Ethiopia, adn the beginnings of the Nazi takeover in Eastern Europe. Considered a propaganda piece, it was used as a U.S. Army training film in WWII before theatrical release. (Length: 53 minutes)

Synopsis of Restrepo (from DVD case):

Restrepo is a feature-length documentary that chronicles the deployment of a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley. The movie focuses on a remote 15-man outpost, "Restrepo" named after a platoon medic who was killed in action. It was considered one of the most dangerous postings in the U.S. military. This is an entirely experiential film: the cameras never leave the valley; there are no interviews with generals or diplomats. The only goal is to make viewers feel as if they have just been through a 90-minute deployment. This is war, full stop. The conclusions are up to you. (Length: 93minutes)

Please note this film is rated R. It contains profanity throughout, and descriptions of violence.