Not everyone who died for their country had to die for their country. The widow of a Navy helicopter pilot killed in a 2014 training exercise spurs an investigation that uncovers a long history of institutional failings that led to her husband’s death. Told through the eyes of survivors–pilots, mechanics and family members– viewers are taken on a journey from a single helicopter squadron into the heart of the murky inner workings of the American defense establishment. The first film to come from the Investigative Reporting Program at UC-Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism is an expose that is both poignant and revealing. Director: Zachary Stauffer. (US 2018) 78 minutes plus discussion.
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