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COMBAT OBSCURA

 

The war movie you were never meant to see

 

"...one of most genuine looks at what the Forever War was like for those who waged it." - Task & Purpose

"War is not fought but lived, and this is as close to first-person as one can get without being there." - The Film Stage

"The beauty of the film is its realness." - Vox Magazine

"“Combat Obscura” raises the necessary point that soldiers are expected to otherize their enemies and adopt an aggro, emotionally detached exterior in order to be combat ready." - RogerEbert.com

You've seen war documentaries from civilian journalists, reporters, and independent filmmakers. Now, for the first time, is a look at war from inside the military, filmed exclusively by Marine combat cameramen. 

For years, Miles Lagoze served in Afghanistan as a Combat Camera, shooting footage and editing videos for Marine Corps recruiting purposes. In this devastating film, Lagoze assembles his own footage and that of his fellow combat cameramen into a never-before-seen look at the daily life of Marines from the ultimate insider's point of view. More than a mere compilation of violence, the edit ingeniously repurposes the original footage to reveal the intensity and paradoxes of war in an age of ubiquitous cameras, when all soldiers can record themselves with helmet-cams and cellphones. Combat Obscura revels in the chasm separating civilian from military life and questions the psychological toll war exacts on all that it touches.

Combat Obscura is still in festival circulation and does not have a scheduled theatrical or digital release at this time.

Directed and produced by Miles Lagoze

Co-produced and edited by Eric Schuman

 
 

NEWS AND UPDATES

 

FIDMarseille - Marseille International Film Festival

6/28/2018

We are pleased to announce that Combat Obscura has been officially selected to play at Marseille International Film Festival in July. 

FIDMarseille will take place from July 10-16, 2018. 

Read more about the festival here, and more about our movie and showtimes here

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AFI DOCS FILM FESTIVAL

5/16/2018

We are pleased to announce that Combat Obscura will have its East Coast premiere at AFI Docs in June. 

AFI Docs will take place from June 13-17, 2018. 

Read more about the festival here, and more about our movie and showtimes here


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DALLAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

5/8/2018

Combat Obscura played at the Dallas International Film Festival on May 4 and May 7. Thank you to all who attended! 

Read more about the festival here

 


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THANK YOU FOR COMING TO OUR PREMIERE

3/8/2018

Combat Obscura had a successful premiere at True/False Film Fest, playing four times to sold-out theaters. 

Thank you to all who came out to support our movie. 

Read more about the movie on The Film Stage and on rogerebert.com.

"War is not fought but lived, and this is as close to first-person as one can get without being there." -The Film Stage


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FILM SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

2/16/18

The film schedule has been announced for True/False Film Fest 2018

Click here for a look at the full schedule, including all of Combat Obscura's screenings. 

Read more about the lineup in Filmmaker Magazine.

True/False will take place from March 1-4, 2018.


TRUE/FALSE FILM FEST

2/7/18

We are delighted to announce that Combat Obscura has been officially selected as part of True/False Film Fest 2018

True/False will take place from March 1-4, 2018. 

"It’s truly one of the best documentary experiences to be had – and I can see now why people return year after year." - Nancy Abraham, HBO Documentary Films