America’s Army

Root Event

werkleitz Festival 2008 Amerika
America’s Army
BE 2004

Half a century on, a quite different form of education: two kids spare no effort in order to get home with their new computer, on which they begin a non-stop session of the American Forces’ official recruitment game, America’s Army: “Good morning soldier. Today is the M16 training day”. Bored at some point after all, they switch to the motor-racing game, The Need for Speed. Yet this quiet, precise documentary avoids the cliché of ‘media-controlled youth’. At the end of the film we see one of the brothers meditatively playing guitar.

Jos de Gruyter, BE 2004, 25 Min., OF m. engl. UT