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Film Talk: The Kill Team (2019)

Tuesday October 22nd 2019 | 19:00 – 21:15 | Louis Hartlooper Complex |Tolsteegbrug 1, Utrecht |

When Andrew Briggman (Nat Wolff), a young soldier in the US invasion of Afghanistan, witnesses other recruits killing innocent civilians under the direction of a sadistic leader, Sergeant Deeks (Alexander Skarsgård), he considers reporting them to higher-ups — but the heavily-armed, increasingly violent platoon becomes suspicious that someone in their ranks has turned on them, and Andrew begins to fear that he’ll be the next target. From writer-director Dan Krauss, and based on the same events that inspired his awardwinning 2013 documentary of the same name, The Kill Team is an urgent and explosive recounting of one of the darkest incidents in the not-so-distant history of American military exploits.

After screening of the film, we will delve deeper into its themes with Michel Loof, Officer at the Royal Netherlands Navy and head of Individual Casuistry at the Ministry of Defence. What are the challenges that soldiers face in war zones, especially Afghanistan? Furthermore, how do they deal with breaches of integrity, moral injury, and dilemmas?

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