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Film Screening: Combat Obscura

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Join us for a film screening of Combat Obscura, a 2018 documentary by former combat videographer Miles Lagoze. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with the director. 

About the film: Just out of high school, at the age of 18, Miles Lagoze enlisted in the Marine Corps. He was deployed to Afghanistan where he served as Combat Camera — his unit's official videographer, tasked with shooting and editing footage for the Corps’ recruiting purposes and historical initiatives. But upon discharging, Lagoze took all the footage he and his fellow cameramen shot, and he assembled quite simply the very documentary the Corps does not want you to see. COMBAT OBSCURA is a groundbreaking look at daily life in a war zone as told by the Marines themselves. More than a mere compilation of violence, the edit ingeniously repurposes the original footage to reveal the intensity and paradoxes of an ambiguous war from an unvarnished perspective.

This event is part of the Waging Peace in Vietnam exhibit and series documenting the antiwar dissent of active duty military personnel and veterans during the Vietnam War, on display at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst from September 23 through October 11 in the main lobby of the Integrated Learning Center.

These events are co-sponsored by the the following UMass Amherst entities: Department of History; Program in Comparative Literature; Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; Writing Program; Special Collections and University Archives; College of Humanities and Fine Arts; Institute for Holocaust, Genocide and Memory Studies; Center for Justice, Law, and Societies; Political Science Department and the College of Humanities and Fine Arts at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.