Body of War: Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro’s Docu of One Soldier in Iraq

One of the more piercing documentaries about the effects of the Iraq war, “Body of War” centers on one soldier, Tomas Young, age 25, paralyzed from a single bullet after serving in Iraq for less than a week.

Framed by historic footage of the House and Senate debates sending U.S. troops into battle, the film captures Tomas facing the challenges of his disability in unflinching detail. The recent abandonment of veterans medical needs as they return from war is one of the docu’s topical concerns.

The feature depicts the effects of Tomas’ injury upon his family and new marriage, as well as the agonizing physical and emotional daily toll. Through this intense struggle, Tomas finds his own voice against the war.

Co-directors and producers Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro have made a film that’s political yet intimate and far-reaching in scope. Eddie Vedder contributes two powerful original songs that soar with the courageous veteran’s soul and spirit.

Credits

Produced and directed by Ellen Spiro & Phil Donahue

Running Time: 87 mins

Awards

*National Board of Review-Best Documentary 2007

*Peoples Choice Award–Best Documentary, Toronto Film Festival

*Audience Award, Best Documentary, Hamptons Film Festival