The GI Film Festival (GIFF), the nation’s premier entertainment enterprise exclusively dedicated to presenting the veteran experience through film, television and special events, announced today that critically acclaimed, BAFTA-nominated war thriller KAJAKI. The True Story will make its North American debut on Friday, May 22nd at the Angelika Film Center at Mosaic in Fairfax, VA during the 9th annual event.
From Gareth Ellis-Unwin, the Academy Award winning producer of The King’s Speech, KAJAKI. The True Story is an explosive and unflinching modern British war film which tells the true and inspiring story of bravery and brotherhood on the Kajaki Dam in 2006 during the Afghanistan conflict. With a script based on extensive interviews with the actual soldiers involved, the family of the central character, Corporal Mark Wright GC, and a U.K. military Board of Enquiry Report, the film has been dubbed the “British Hurt Locker”, after the Oscar-winning American war epic, for its visceral realism and tense depiction of warfare.
“If there is one thing that KAJAKI. The True Story is about, it is about brotherhood. And in making this film we have learnt how that brotherhood stretches beyond borders and nationalities. The film portrays British troops in Afghanistan but we have received so many requests from their American brothers-in-arms that we knew it would resonate here in the United States as well. That’s why we are so pleased and excited to have been invited to be part of the GI Film Festival this year, which taps in to the huge respect that the United States has for its military. I can’t think of a more appropriate way to bring the film to an American audience,” noted director/producer Paul Katis.
Shot on location in Jordan for six weeks in 2014, KAJAKI. The True Story is directed by Paul Katis (feature directorial debut), written by Tom Williams (Chalet Girl) and stars a dynamic, young British cast led by David Elliot (Sleeping Beauty), Mark Stanley (Game of Thrones), Scott Kyle (The Crews), Benjamin O’Mahony (Hurst), Bryan Parry (Pride), Liam Ainsworth (In The Flesh), Andy Gibbins (Love Freely But Pay for Sex) and John Doughty (The Hounds).
“As the GI Film Festival’s central mission is connecting the public to the exceptional dedication of men and women in uniform, we recognize that military stories which highlight the core service virtues of brotherhood and bravery truly come from all corners of the word,” said GI Film Festival Director Laura Law-Millett. “As part of this year’s expanded focus on international film, we are thrilled to present the North American premiere of KAJAKI. The True Story and to introduce Washington, D.C. audiences to this heart-stirring tale of the harrowing reality of war and the remarkable sacrifices made by today’s young soldiers around the world.”