Film

"Bad Voodoo's War" on Frontline April 1 and online

Posted by: Emily McManus

Deborah Scranton‘s latest “virtual embed” documentary film, Bad Voodoo’s War, premieres April 1, 2008, on PBS’s Frontline and online. From the Frontline site:

In June 2007, as the American military surge reached its peak, a band of National Guard infantrymen who call themselves “The Bad Voodoo Platoon” was deployed to Iraq. To capture a vivid, first-person account of the new realities of war in Iraq for Frontline and ITVS, director Deborah Scranton (The War Tapes) created a “virtual embed” with the platoon, supplying cameras to the soldiers so they could record and tell the story of their war. The film intimately tracks the veteran soldiers of “Bad Voodoo” through the daily grind of their perilous mission, dodging deadly IEDs, grappling with the political complexities of dealing with Iraqi security forces, and battling their fatigue and their fears.

The show airs on New York’s Channel 13 on April 1 at 9pm, and April 5 at 5am. Find air dates in your area, and watch the preview >>

For more background, check out Deborah Scranton’s TEDTalk about The War Tapes, her groundbreaking “virtual embed” documentary about Charlie Company, a team of National Guardsmen during Operation Iraqi Freedom, as filmed by Sergeant Steve Pink, Sergeant Zack Bazzi and Specialist Mike Moriarty.

Titles for Bad Voodoo’s War were created by TEDster Jakob Trollbäck, whose own TEDTalk will be appearing on TED.com this month.

Comments (2)

  • hong ying commented on May 4 2009

    Thanks for the shout out. I dislike wars but it is a necessary method to solve the problems between contries. Nothing would make me happy than the news of the end

  • Deborah Scranton commented on Apr 4 2008

    Thanks for the shout out, and as Matt of Blackfive says “I’d follow Toby into hell carrying a gasoline can anyday…”

    We need more ground level narratives from the soldiers’ and Marines’ themselves in our national dialogue and media.

    To help make that happen, if you don’t mind, would you consider going to the Frontline website and sharing whatever you are comfortable with regarding the film if you get a chance to watch it.
    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/badvoodoo/

    We are hoping that if enough people write in, that Frontline might consider comissioning us to do another film along the same lines with a different group of guys in the near future.

    Again, thanks for the mention. Nothing would make me happier than millions of Americans listening to what the soldiers of BAD VOODOO have to say.

    Deborah Scranton
    Director
    BAD VOODOO’S WAR & THE WAR TAPES
    and
    TEDster 2007 & 2008 & 2009