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My Child: Mothers of War

"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.

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With: Gaylene Ramos, Dinara Ragimov, Ann Estep, Chris Peche, Debbie Zuniga, Tracy Delta Vecchia, Virginia Morton, Dianne Ledet, Debbie Katsounakis, Marie Bonila, Liana Masteson, Laurie St. Clair, Grace Lopez, Trish Granberry, Josie Monaghan, Darlene Geurin, Lorrie O'Connor, Suzanne Nocco, Becky Mizener, Barbar Sandefur, Patricia Stengel, Christin Moffit, Vickie Castro, Jackie Parker, Jennifer Tyson.

“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.

My Child: Mothers of War

Production: A Human Revolution Entertainment production. Produced by Angenliki Giannakopulos. Executive producer, Timothy Jack. Co-producers, Laura Weithorn, Patricia Dequaker. Directed by Angenliki Giannakopulos.

Crew: Camera (color, DV), David S. Barron; editor, Ondine Rarey; music, Spencer Cobrin, Benoit Grey, Diane Arkenstone. Reviewed on DVD, San Francisco, March 24, 2006. (In Cinequest.) Running time: 94 MIN.

With: With: Gaylene Ramos, Dinara Ragimov, Ann Estep, Chris Peche, Debbie Zuniga, Tracy Delta Vecchia, Virginia Morton, Dianne Ledet, Debbie Katsounakis, Marie Bonila, Liana Masteson, Laurie St. Clair, Grace Lopez, Trish Granberry, Josie Monaghan, Darlene Geurin, Lorrie O'Connor, Suzanne Nocco, Becky Mizener, Barbar Sandefur, Patricia Stengel, Christin Moffit, Vickie Castro, Jackie Parker, Jennifer Tyson.

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