Directed by: Deborah Scranton
Starring as themselves: Zach Bazzi, Mike Moriarty, Steve Pink
The War Tapes is a war documentary filmed by soldiers themselves. It follows the deployment of three New Hampshire National Guard soldiers before, during, and after their deployment in the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The three men who play the roles of journalists, narrators, and soldiers are Spc. Michael Moriarity signed up in a burst of patriotism after Sept. 11 and asked to be shipped to Iraq. His colleagues are Sgt. Stephen Pink, who joined the National Guard to help pay for college. And Sgt. Zach Bazzi, a Lebanese-born American who would rather remain stateside but is loyal to his unit.
The film won the prize for Best International Documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival in May 2006. Moreover, it is possibly the most innovative result of the embedded reporter program. In this case the reporter did not go to Iraq but provided cameras to the soldiers who would mail tapes back for editing, and receive direction on filming via instant messaging.
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