This is the official blog of Bards of War film. Think of it like a Field Manual with an attitude. It’s a guide through the labyrinth of experiences that make up that picture we so generically call “Afghanistan.” It’s a glimpse into the Director’s personal log. It’s an evolving narrative, a way of being and a state of mind that offers a glimpse into an unremitting soul who has faced evil, and who has chosen to fight it.
This is not a blog of melodrama or broken souls. If that is what you are looking for, you will leave disappointed. Nor is this a place to seek political commentary. War is a gritty place where you check politics at the door.
Bards of War is candid, unapologetic and unvarnished. It is a reflection of the simple truths of war … your gut or the “facts,” a friend or an enemy, life or death. Things get pretty black and white because by the time you get to these places the debates of the “what ifs” or “right or wrong” have ended. In the arena of war, it is a matter of coming home alive or coming home in a box.
Conflict lives in our soul. As conflict rises to the level of nations, there is war. And war is a constant that exists throughout human history, forever waiting for the next generation to carry its flag. Those that face war, will not offer a story of glory or enjoyment, but a truth that only comes from walking in the fields that few dare tread. These are our soldiers who are also our neighbors, our friends, our sons and our bothers. By choice or by order, they have placed the needs of a nation ahead of the needs of themselves, and in so doing are forever changed.
For war is the keeper of a cold and pitiless truth, and the soldier becomes the beneficiary of its wisdom that resides within. And therein lies the irony, for it is the soldier that offers us the greatest sense of who we are and the greatest understanding of what is required to find peace.
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