Camp Victory, Afghanistan gets at the stark reality of the US/NATO "exit strategy" from Afghanistan. Shot over the course of five years, the film follows a battle-hardened Afghan General and the steady stream of U.S. National Guard soldiers deployed to train him and his army.
Although the United States has poured military aid into Afghanistan, money alone does not produce an army; people do. And these Afghans and Americans have more in common than anyone would expect. With lives on the line and the military budget ballooning, can a modern Afghan army be created when 80% of the enlistees are illiterate; all are impoverished; the weaponry is second rate; and the enemy is elusive, dangerous, and lawless?
Using nearly 300 hours of verité footage shot between 2005 and 2008, Camp Victory, Afghanistan, directed by Carol Dysinger, is the first film to examine the reality of building a functioning Afghan military --- but is also a story about friendship and the unlikely bonds that form in war.
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Carol Dysinger has been a feature film and documentary editor for the past 25 years. Her editing credits include: the Emmy-nominated documentary film, Deadline (Sundance Film Festival; NBC 2004); Rain (Sundance Film Festival; Venice Film Festival); the Emmy-nominated documentary film, Punk; and Santitos (Sundance Film Festival).
Carol has served as a consultant for a variety of documentary films, feature films, and music videos. She also had a career as a screenwriter with scripts produced for 20th Century Fox, Disney, and HBO. Carol is a tenured Professor of Graduate Film and New Media at NYU Film School in the Tisch School of the Arts.