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SF International Film Festival Announces Golden Gate Award Winners (TRAILERS)

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by Ryan Lattanzio
May 9, 2013 11:36 AM
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'The Kill Team'

As the San Francisco International Film Festival prepared to come to a close Thursday night with a screening of Richard Linklater's "Before Midnight," the festival unveiled winners of the Golden Gate Awards. 

Documentary feature winners are Kalyanee Mam's Cambodian-set "A River Changes Course" and Dan Krauss' Afghanistan War film "The Kill Team," which recently nabbed a prize at Tribeca. Belmin Solyemez's Turkish drama "Present Tense" received the New Directors prize, while the FIPRESCI Prize went to "Nights with Theodore," from France.

For a complete list of winners, visit the festival's website.


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  • Alicia | May 25, 2013 2:56 PMReply

    HOW DARE YOU DISGRACE ALL THE SOLDIERS THAT LOST THEIR LIVES IN 5-2 to the local Afghan civilians! And not telling the whole story but picking pieces to shape your own lie for fame! You who have never been in a War Zone. You who are clueless and not brave enough or cut out to join and choose INFANTRY to help serve your country!
    War or war zones are not for the weak! The general population is unable to handle or grasp the reality of war and what military live on a daily basis!
    You reading this who may watch this documentary have never been in a war zone and are completely clueless!
    This one platoon may have seen less action than the rest of 5-2ID.
    That doesn't mean 5-2ID didn't see action. It's the opposite we actually saw too much of it!!! And we lost over 45 Soldiers Brothers Friends Teammates who were Murdered by Afghan civilians!
    It seems "You" DID SERIOUSLY HAVE NO IDEA THAT LOCAL AFGHANS WERE THE ONES HAPPILY MURDERING US SOLDIERS FOR SPORT!!!
    To call the locals innocent when most were not is disgusting!
    I also would not call what happened in 5-2ID a war crime!
    That's a oxymoron if there ever was one! I resent any dumbass who calls it that. HELLO, YEAH RIGHT HERE!
    "IT WAS A FUCKING WAR ZONE"!!!
    2009-2010 was one of the most violent years among local Afghan civilians attacking and KILLING NATO soldiers and bases!
    The act by one 5-2ID soldier may be considerd a little overboard to the clueless and emotionally detached to what our soldiers actually go through!
    BUT THAT IS NO EXCUSE TO IGNORE ALTOGETHER WHAT OUR BRAVE SOLDIERS EXPERIENCE AND WHAT THE LOCALS OR AFGHANISTAN CIVILIANS ACTUALLY DO!
    If anything it should make us wonder a little more about what soldiers are forced to put up with and the real story of locals attacking US Troops at ANY "GIVEN" opportunity!
    Scenarios from Iraq and Afghanistan may be different but all have the commonality of Military being attacked and killed in gruesome ways by the locals (including kids, teens and adults) of the country we are trying to help!
    In 5-2ID Our soldiers, brothers, friends were being killed, MURDERED EVERYWHERE in horrible ways by these local afghani shitheads!

    THERE ARE SO MANY DETAILS NOT BEING BROUGHT TO LIGHT ABOUT THE LOCALS OR AFGHAN CIVILIANS!

    The pressure the stress the anger of them getting away with killing 5-2 Soldiers horrifically as well as every other NATO SOLDIER BROUGHT OVER, took its toll on some of these guys who actually CARED ABOUT THEIR FRIENDS AND BROTHERS BEING KILLED AROUND THEM.
    They had enough of the bullshit orders and US and NATO policy's that WERE CARELESSLY AND CALLOUSLY ADVOCATING OUR SOLDIERS DEATHS!!!
    How can you win the hearts and minds
    (of lying, stupid, uneducated, unstable, untrustworthy corrupt afghanis and ANA that will shoot you in the back with no thought)
    of those who have neither?
    AGAIN HOW CAN YOU WIN THE HEARTS AND MINDS OF THOSE THAT DON'T POSSESS THEM IN THE FIRST PLACE?

    AT LEAST NOT FOR PEACE WITHIN THEIR OWN COUNTRY OR FOR US/NATO SOLDIERS TRYING TO HELP THEM BECOME A STRUCTURED PEACEFUL COUNTRY! THEY DONT WANT IT! THOUGH THEY DEFINITELY WANT AND HAVE A MIND AND HEART FOR RAPING LITTLE BOYS AND SHEEP, FOR NEEDLESSLY ABUSING WOMEN, YOUNG GIRLS AND KILLING EACH OTHER!
    THEIR HEARTS AND MINDS ARE INSTEAD TWO FACES WHICH THEY USE TO THEIR ADVANTAGE!!! One face they use to pretend they want our help when in fact its really enthusiasm for the free weapons, training and getting our average intel!
    The other face is turned against us using the knowledge we gave them to further corrupt their country and kill us.
    When the face was turned against us we could use NO, NONE to ONLY proportionate force (if fired upon). Soldiers couldn't even take out suspect obvious IED placers etc! So many IEDs stay put to kill the next group of soldier that cross its path!
    Winfield in my opinion was a scared sissy ass poor excuse for a private/Spc who DOSENT UNDERSTAND CHOICES AND WAR (he was never cut out to be in the military in the first place!!!)
    This film seems like it might cover young kids not emotionally stable for war which is good because that is a problem!
    Kids trying to join who shouldn't, not realizing they are taking on a real life situation where you have to make life and death decisions to stay alive! THE REAL MAN SHIT, not the video game your mom bought you!
    Our soldiers never should have been convicted! Especially by shit head officers and blood thirsty media (who never experienced combat) who don't understand what it is actually like to be a true soldier physically fighting for your brothers and your country! But instead are the ones making the policys that kill them!
    SO MANY OF OUR GUYS JUST FROM 5-2ID WERE KILLED, MURDERED BY LOCAL AFGHAN CIVILIANS! YET NO-ONE SEEMS TO GIVE A SHIT ABOUT THEM OR WANT TO TELL THEIR STORIES!!! WHY? THAT IS THE REAL QUESTION! THAT IS THE QUESTION THAT SHOULD BE THE INSPIRATION FOR THIS DOCUMENTARY! Not who is the piss poor wannabe named Winfield. All of these Soldiers should be exonerated due to PTSD and OH YEAH as well as the fact IT WAS A FUCKING WAR!!!

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