The Tillman Story trailer online
I was unaware of the Pat Tillman story until I had seen this trailer, and I'm surprised I was. Although being from the UK it might not affect me that much, it is an important story about war, and a terrifying story of what lengths senior people in the government and army would go to for positive press over the truth, a truth that could sway opinion against any war.
The film tells the story of Pat Tillman, a professional American Football player who gave up his career to join the Army and go to war, a war he believed was the right thing to do. During his duty in Afghanistan he was killed in what was described as "in the line of devastating enemy fire". He was awarded medals, promoted, and received a hero's burial. The story was a campaign poster for the war. However nothing was as it seemed.
Investigations revealed that there was something much darker behind it, and it wasn't the positive story that the government wanted. What followed was a cover-up and a blatant hiding of the truth in order to give America a hero and a feeling of righteousness in the war.
Here's the blurb for The Tillman Story:
”When Pat Tillman gave up his professional football career to join the Army Rangers in 2002, he became an instant symbol of patriotic fervor and unflinching duty. But the truth about Pat Tillman is far more complex, and ultimately far more heroic, then the caricature. And when the government tried to turn his death into propaganda, they took on the wrong family. From her home in Northern California, Pat’s mother, Dannie Tillman, led the family’s crusade to reveal the truth beneath the mythology of their son’s life and death. THE TILLMAN STORY resounds with emotion and insight, and goes beyond an indictment of the government to touch on themes as timeless as the notion of heroism itself.”
The documentary comes from the director Amir Bar-Lev who directed the documentary My Kid Could Paint That, and the trailer looks like this could be a pretty hard hitting documentary.
It looks set to open up the story of Pat Tillman's death and suggests that the cover-up involved some rather high-up names, in fact the trailer shows there's a lot more than suggestion, and there's some real hard evidence and eye-witness accounts. Quite frankly I'm amazed that I've never heard this story before.
It looks like this could be a sad and moving personal story, as well as something much bigger, an expose of just how far the government will go to push public opinion towards the war.
The trailer looks very powerful and could well bring a powerful documentary, however the problem will be how many people will get to see it? Already shown at four US Film Festivals, there doesn't seem to be any other expected release date for the film.
In the meantime, here's the trailer for The Tillman Story over at Apple Trailers. Have a look and voice your opinion. The more people who watch it and the more that talk about it, the more chance we'll get to see the film in some way.