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MEN IN BLACK |

August 10, 2007

MEN IN BLACK
Name: SANDBOX DUTY OFFICER David Stanford
Posting date: 8/10/07

The remarkable animated short film below was adapted from Colby Buzzell's book My War: Killing Time in Iraq. The piece was created by director Richard Robbins as part of his award-winning documentary Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience, which evolved out of a National Endowment of the Arts project to gather the writings of soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition to interviews, the film features dramatic readings of letters, memoirs, journals, essays, poetry and fiction. Operation Homecoming played in almost 20 cities around the country, and the TV version was broadcast on PBS in April. You can order a copy here.

Thanks to Colby Buzzell and Richard Robbins for giving us permission to post Men in Black.

Comments

Seems like you've taken it out of the shoebox now...this is a great way of dealing with the pain, and sharing your reality...thank you for your service, thank you for sharing, you will be in my prayers...

That was good

WOW,its good to here a story like that gives us civilans a very small taste of what you went through.two of my sons were there and will not tell any stories.thanks for your service. we appreciate it

I am reatively new to this site. Of all that I have read so far, this had the most appeal to me as I considered how little I know of this experience in my quite life here in the states. I am greatfull that you would put this up so that my life could be impacted by it. I am suprised to find that my main response to Men in Black is to be glad we have men and women over there keeping it over there.
Please keep posting what you will. thanks

Good blog... very interesting!

Operation Homecoming played in almost 20 cities around the country, and the TV version was broadcast on PBS in April. You can order a copy

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Operation Homecoming played in almost 20 cities around the country, and the TV version was broadcast on PBS in April. You can order a copy

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The situantion in Iraq was really embarasting.

The words used were hateful and stupid, but alone would not seem sufficiently shocking to mobilize the masses seeking justice.

The words used were hateful and stupid, but alone would not seem sufficiently shocking to mobilize the masses seeking justice.

The piece was created by director Richard Robbins as part of his award-winning documentary Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience.

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