“My Child: Mothers of War” finds a focal point in the war in Iraq that transcends political rhetoric; interviewing the mothers of U.S. soldiers serving there, it provides a powerful reminder of the individual sacrifices every war boils down to, regardless of propaganda and statistics. Straightforward docu has already networked itself as a rallying point for such parents nationwide, with house parties and organizational screenings a goal. Among more conventional exhibition outlets, further fest travel could easily lead to educational broadcast gigs.
Getting face time with mothers all across the U.S. geographic, economic and ethnic spectrum (though there’s a lack of African-Americans) — plus, occasionally, their enlisted sons — helmer Angenliki Giannakopulos finds widely differing beliefs — from unquestioning patriotic fervor to a former ’60s antiwar activist who’s shocked when all her children choose military careers. As the war drags on, some glean their overseas progeny’s disillusionment, traumatic experiences and increasingly bitter attitudes. Several experience the heartbreak of offspring returning with serious wounds — or worse, the news that they’ll never return. Subjects’ openness is immediately involving, and editing deftly builds impact as pic proceeds. Tech aspects are serviceable.