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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Reel Girls Media
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 46 mins
Country of Origin: Canada
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2007
Available in French: No

Homefront is the story of five military families and the tremendous sacrifices they make to support loved ones engaged in Canada's most dangerous mission since the Korean War – stabilizing Afghanistan. This one-hour documentary shadows families of soldiers serving with the 1st Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry from Edmonton, Alberta, over a seven-month tour.

In January 2006, 1500 Canadian troops deployed to Afghanistan to help restore democracy to a country devastated by decades of war, dire poverty, and terrorism at the hands of ethnic warlords, drug dealers and the fundamentalist Taliban regime. Homefront picks up where most media coverage of the war on terror leaves off – with the families left behind to fight their own daily battles in the face of omnipresent fear and relentless media reports on the war, not to mention loneliness and alienation.

The families' burden is mighty. Even as they pray there will be no deaths, they know that with the Canadian military specifically assigned to seek out insurgents in the remote villages and mountains of Afghanistan, there likely will be. These families endure drama and emotional tumult that's unlike anything in civilian life. Yet it's crucial that they maintain normalcy and calm. They are under-appreciated links in the mission to keep our soldiers on task in a treacherous war zone.

Awards:
Best Documentary Over 30 Minutes, 2007 Alberta Film and TV Awards
Gold, Best Social Issues Documentary, 2007 World Media Festival, Hamburg, Germany
Finalist, Best Director (Non-Fiction Over 30 Minutes), 2007 Alberta Film and TV Awards

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