Focus Features to distribute Iraq doc globally

MUMBAI: Focus Features has acquired the worldwide rights to Patricia Foulkrod's documentary feature The Ground Truth: After the Killing Ends.

The film tells the stories of a half-dozen Americans - men and women who heeded the call for military service in Iraq -- as it charts recruitment and training, combat, homecoming, and the struggle to
reintegrate with families and communities. The conflict in Iraq is a prelude for the even more challenging battles fought by the soldiers returning home -- with personal demons, an uncomprehending public, and an indifferent government.

As these battles take shape, each soldier becomes a new kind of hero, bearing witness and giving support to other veterans, and learning to fearlessly wield the most powerful weapon of all -- the truth.

Focus Features president James Schamus said, "Patricia has made a searing film, one with exclusive footage that will stun audiences. These soldiers are patriotic Americans articulating stories that must be heard, and we think filmgoers around the world are ready to watch and listen."

Foulkrod said, "This film has been made from the soldiers' point of view, and it captures their shattered lives and broken hearts. My intent was to give them a voice, and to inspire viewers to reach out to all soldiers and their families."

Focus Features made the most critically acclaimed film of last year Brokeback Mountain.

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