Last week, I had the opportunity to attend AFIDOCS Film Festival in Silver Spring, MD on behalf of my good friend, Christine St. Vil (momsncharge.com) and AT&T. I was super excited to see the films and report back to you with all the details! So let’s get into it!
FILM #1: MY FIGHTING SEASON
The first film I saw was called, “My Fighting Season.” It was actually Episode 1 of a 6-part documentary. The series follows US Army Soldiers fighting in Afghanistan from the unique perspective of their own cameras. It’s so compelling. There were some serious moments when I thought my heart would jump out of my chest because you’re literally watching these guys pursue the Taliban. Sheesh. What was equally compelling was hearing the soldiers discuss how much they cared about each other and their willingness to die for the other and for their country. It’s an amazing story about leadership, brotherhood, and service. I was so humbled to see how much these soldiers were willing to sacrifice to secure our freedom. It’s absolutely incredible and definitely a must-see. “My Fighting Season” will air Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on AUDIENCE Network. It’s available exclusively to DIRECTV (Ch 239) and AT&T U-verse (Ch 1114) customers.
FILM #2: ZERO DAYS
I attended the Opening Night Gala and premiere of the documentary film, “Zero Days,” shortly after I screened “My Fighting Season.” The film was extremely gripping, compelling and thought-provoking.
The documentary also gave a serious and detailed look at the impact that the Internet can have on an entire nation when intentions are less than…productive. The director, Alex Gibney, did a phenomenal job at creating a film that would be entertaining, informative and EXTREMELY chilling. I might have exhaled twice during the whole film. I thought I was well informed about the challenges within our world before I saw this film. But “Zero Days” definitely enhanced my understanding of some serious global issues, especially when it comes to the threat of cyber security. “Our entire power supply can be cut off. Our systems can be taken over. Hospitals deprived of power would cease to function. It’s not a matter of if, it’s when.” – Zero Days
Does that freak you out a bit? Yea, me too.
You can check out the rest of my review of the AFIDOCS Film Festival at momsncharge.com, where I talk about two additional films, “Raising Bertie” and “Maya Angelou: Still I Rise.” If you wanna know what could make me cry real tears or question some of the most commonly used terms in our community like, “a woman can’t raise a man” then head right on over!