The Van Doos in Afghanistan

The Van Doos in Afghanistan

                                The Van Doos in Afghanistan
| 44 min

In this documentary, we hear directly from francophone soldiers serving in the Royal 22e Régiment (known in English as “Van Doos”) who were filmed in the field in March 2011, during their deployment to Afghanistan. They speak simply and directly about their work, whether on patrol or performing their duties at the base. The film's images and interviews bring home the complexity of the issues on the ground and shed light on the little-understood experiences of the men and women who served in Afghanistan.

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  • producer
    Anne-Marie Rocher
  • executive producer
    Jacques Turgeon
  • participant
    Michel-Henri Saint-Louis
    Stéphane Guillemette
    David Girard
    Haji Fazludin Agha
    Dean J. Milner
    Laurent Charrette
    Patrick Auger
    Pascal Croteau
    Jimmy Lavallière
    Maxime Émond-Pépin
    Jean-Michel Cloutier
    Éric Beauchamp
    Christian Marquis
    Yves Roy
    François Dufault
    Stéphane Perreault
  • director
    Claude Guilmain
  • director of photography
    François Vincelette
  • sound recordist
    Mélanie Gauthier
  • editor
    France Pilon
  • original music
    Daniel Toussaint
  • sound editor
    Daniel Toussaint
  • foley artist
    Lise Wedlock
  • mixer
    Jean Paul Vialard

  • Bob3

    Discouraging to see the young, some maimed in previous tours, glory in war. They’ve been purposed by the notion of progress for the eternal return - amor fati.

    Bob3, 4 Sep 2016
  • Zengarden17

    Dulce et decorum est. There is no glory in war and Canada's involvement in Afghanistan is complex. I found this documentary to be compelling and it certainly provides Canadians with some insight into why these men and women are committed to the task of rebuilding Afghanistan. When they return to Canada I hope that Veterans Affairs and everyone else provides them with the support that they need in order to reintegrate into their old lives.

    Zengarden17, 12 Nov 2011
  • johnnyhonenote

    Fullement on ma chose to do list aujourd'hui. Watched, vraiement l'enojoyed. Thanks NFB!

    johnnyhonenote, 11 Nov 2011
  • johnnyhonenote

    Thank you NFB | Combat, convaincre, construire | Combat Convince Construct | Royal Van Doos, respect

    johnnyhonenote, 11 Nov 2011