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On September 13, 2001 -- a mere two days after the 9/11 attacks -- Tomas Young, a Kansan with an overwhelming sense of patriotism and loyalty to his country, felt moved to enlist in the United States Armed Forces. Equipped with the courage to fight and rid the world of the threat of terror, Young anticipated an appointment in Afghanistan that would enable him to join his fellow soldiers in rooting out and bringing to justice Al-Qaeda operatives. This did not occur, however, and President Bush's order to invade Iraq stunned everyone, including Tomas. He soon found himself shuttled off to a land that posed no obvious threat to the United States, where he was instantly struck by a bullet from behind -- and rendered both paraplegic for life and unconscious. Airlifted home, Tomas slowly regained awareness of himself and his surroundings, settling in for a long, grueling recovery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in the nation's capital, with the assistance and loving support of his mother. But the young man's journey did not end there. As he lay in his hospital bed, unable to move, Tomas learned of the countless injuries and deaths afflicting hundreds of thousands in Iraq. In the process, he became one of the nation's most ardent opponents of the Iraq invasion. With their nonfiction work Body of War, longtime television pundit Phil Donahue and documentarian Ellen Spiro join forces to relay Tomas' heart-wrenching and yet deeply affirming story -- both a testament to one man's enduring inner strength and a towering condemnation of a localized conflict that owes much, if not everything, to the miscalculation and intrusion of the United States. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

  • Release date:April 11, 2008

Crew

Ellen Spiro
Director
Phil Donahue
Director
Phil Donahue
Producer
Ellen Spiro
Producer
Ellen Spiro
Cinematographer
Kevin McKinney
Cinematographer
Jeff Layton
Composer (Music Score)
Eddie Vedder
Songwriter
Bernadine Colish
Editor
Karen Bernstein
Co-producer
Jill DeVincens
Associate Producer
Phil Donahue
Executive Producer
Kevin McKinney
Sound/Sound Designer
Phillip Schopper
Additional Editing
Eddie Vedder
Musical Performer
Eddie Vedder
Additional Music
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