The Kill Team
- San Francisco Opera Plaza Cinema
Friday, August 1 after the 7:20pm show
Sunday, August 3 after the 4:30pm show
- Berkeley Shattuck Cinemas
Saturday, August 2 after the 7:35pm show
Infuriating and illuminating — The Kill Team looks at the devastating moral tensions that tears at soldiers’ psyches through the lens of one highly personal and emotional story. Private Adam Winfield was a 21-year-old soldier in Afghanistan when he attempted with the help of his father to alert the military to heinous war crimes his platoon was committing. But Winfield’s pleas went unheeded. Left on his own and with threats to his life, Private Winfield was himself drawn into the moral abyss, forced to make a split-second decision that would change his life forever. With extraordinary access to the key individuals involved in the case—including Private Winfield, his passionately supportive parents, and Winfield’s startlingly candid compatriots in the so-called “Kill Team”—Academy Award-nominated director Dan Krauss (“The Death of Kevin Carter”) expertly constructs an overwhelmingly powerful film that is a balanced and nuanced look at the personal stories so often lost inside the larger coverage of the longest war in U.S. history.
Some thoughts from the Director…
With this film, I would like to introduce audiences to a new concept just starting to be discussed in psychiatric circles: “moral injury.” It refers to a psychological wound that comes from having taken an action – or not prevented an action – that is a betrayal of oneჼs core moral values.
Adam Winfied was forced to confront his core morality in the blink of an eye, amid the most unimaginable circumstances. These sorts of life and death decisions are incredibly destructive – not just in that moment – but in the months and years afterward, as soldiers replay in their minds over and over again the choices they made or failed to make. In witnessing such stories, we too are forced to weigh our own priorities, our own values and our own sense of right and wrong. In short, we are forced to ask ourselves, “what would I do?” — Dan Krauss