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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Bullfrog Films
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 76 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2011
Available in French: No

Marine Corps Master Sgt. Jerry Ensminger was a devoted Marine for nearly twenty-five years. As a drill instructor he lived and breathed the "Corps" and was responsible for indoctrinating thousands of new recruits with its motto Semper Fidelis or "Always Faithful."

When Jerry's nine-year old daughter Janey died of a rare type of leukemia, his world collapsed. As a grief-stricken father, he struggled for years to make sense of what happened. His search for answers led to the shocking discovery of a Marine Corps cover-up of one of the largest water contamination incidents in U.S. history.
 
Semper Fi: Always Faithful follows Jerry's mission to expose the Marine Corps and force them to live up to their motto to the thousands of soldiers and their families exposed to toxic chemicals. His fight reveals a grave injustice at North Carolina's Camp Lejeune and a looming environmental crisis at military sites across the country.
 
The Department of Defense is the United States' largest polluter. Semper Fi: Always Faithful is a timely and sobering story of the betrayal of US soldiers and is a call to action for more environmental oversight of military sites.


Awards:
Shortlist for Best Documentary, Academy Awards®
The Ridenhour Documentary Film Prize
Best Editing, 2nd Place Audience Award, Tribeca Film Festival
Special Founders Prize, Traverse City Film Festival
Best Documentary & Audience Award Award, Woodstock Film Festival
Best Documentary Award, San Diego Film Festival
Best Documentary By or About Women, Women Film Critics Circle
Green Screen Nominee, IDFA (International Documentary Festival Amsterdam)
IDA's Docuweeks

Screened at:
SilverDocs
Boulder International Film Festival
Stranger than Fiction Series, IFC Center
Palm Springs Film Festival
Docpoint, Helsinki
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital
Environmental International Film Festival, Paris
Denver Film Festival
Hawaii Film Festival
Camden Film Festival
Cucalorus Film Festival
Cineworld Film Festival
Global Peace Film Festival
Tales from Planet Earth Festival


Links:
semperfialwaysfaithful.com/

www.c-spanvideo.org/program/304876-1  - C-Span Interview
abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/semper-fi-faithful-documentary-13408605  - ABC News Interview
www.atsdr.cdc.gov/sites/Lejeune/  - Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry





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