Tuesday, 12 July 2011


I am a lover of powerful, hard hitting documentaries and I was not disappointed when a friend of mine recommended "Armadillo".

Armadillo is a Danish war documentary, it follows a group of Danish soldiers throughout their first tour of Helmand Province, Afganistan. The film was first showcased at the 2010 Cannes film festival and unsurprisingly won the Grand Prix de la Semaine de la Critique, which is awarded by the Journalists and Film Critics to one of the seven films entered.

The film starts of as a seemingly uninspiring documentary, but boy does it come to life! It brings to the forefront the nastiness of war, and not just the fighting. The emotional stress, the friendships, and the off-key relationships with the Afgan locals all run parallel with the explosions, loss and the general confusion of war.

You are slapped into the middle of it all simply by watching this film, you can almost feel an emotional connection with these young men and at times this can bring laughter, sadness and also make you question the motive of why they are there, and it would seem that they do not know the answer themselves!

If you fancy watching an emotive, raw, and ultimately fantastic modern war documentary that makes Ross Kemp's: Afganistan look like a cartoon then Armadillo is for you! It will grab you and make you question everything that is right or wrong with war, and especially what is wrong with this particular unjust feud.

To watch head over to this link: Armadillo

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