Breaking Ranks

Breaking Ranks

| 55 min

Breaking Ranks is a moving documentary about the plight of four U.S. soldiers seeking sanctuary in Canada as part of their resistance to the war in Iraq. With intimate access to four American military deserters, their lawyers and families, this film documents their experiences as they try to exercise their consciences amidst profound emotional, ethical and international consequences.

If deported, they face the venom of mainstream American opinion and one to five years in prison. If Canada instead follows the legacy established by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau during the Vietnam War, when Canada welcomed tens of thousands of war resisters, there may well be an unprecedented crisis in U.S.-Canadian relations.

The emotional core of Breaking Ranks is formed by candid interviews with the four young men as they take on their journeys from the moment of recruitment to the momentous decision to desert. Filmed over the course of the refugee process, this provocative film explores the meaning of duty as these young soldiers share their personal stories of moral awakening and the burden that it brings.

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  • writer
    Michelle Mason
  • director
    Michelle Mason
  • producer
    Trish Dolman
    Leah Mallen
    Tracey Friesen
  • editor
    Mandy Leith
  • composer
    Peter Allen
  • executive in charge of production
    Michael Ghent
  • executive producer
    Rina Fraticelli
  • associate producer
    Lauren Grant
    Karina O'Sullivan
  • additional editing
    Brendan Woollard
  • camera operator
    Brian Johnson
    Todd Craddock
    Kevin Keating
    John Badcock
    John Westheuser
    Jim Aquila
    Glenn Taylor
    Alan Stewart
    Nash Stevanovic
    Winston Upshall
    Jonathan Benny
    Laurie Long
    Mark Poirier
  • still photography
    Holly Birch
  • location sound
    Doug Kaye
    Brent Calkin
    Brooke Thomson
    Peter Jones
  • production manager
    Marie Wrede
  • post-production supervisor
    Janet Kendrick
  • post-production coordinator
    Lauren Grant
    Karina O'Sullivan
  • story editor
    Siobhan Flanagan
  • production consultant
    Jeff Schutts
  • research consultant
    Isaac Romano
  • development editor
    Heather Frise
    Brendan Woollard
  • assistant editor
    Jeremy Lutter
    Colleen Smith
  • titles designer
    Brendan Woollard
  • titles
    Mike Bernard
  • graphics
    Mike Bernard
  • online editor
    Sevé Schelenz
  • closed captioning
    Line 21 Media Services Inc.
  • sound post facility
    Western Post Productions
  • sound designer dialogue
    Miguel Nunes
  • dialogue editor
    Gina Mueller
  • sound editor
    Jeff Caines
    Scott Benson
  • assistant sound editor
    Chris Fairfield
    Nacime Goian
  • post sound supervisor
    Nicole Thompson
  • re-recording mixer
    Miguel Nunes
  • engineering
    Ryen Froggatt
  • guitar instrumental
    Randy Murray
  • archival researcher
    Paula Sawadsky
  • lead publicist
    Marina Percy
  • publicity coordinator
    Sarah Kiehne
    Meagan Beavis
  • business affairs manager
    Claire Querée
  • production accountant
    Steven Thibault
  • production accountant - assistant
    Neelam Puri-Narayan
  • bookkeeper
    Meiling Guo
  • producer assistant
    Alicia Brady
    Tristan Schön
  • website designer
    Calliope Gazetas
    Jordan Lewin
  • legal
    Doran Chandler
  • transcription
    Joanne Greenwood
    Susan Reid-Friedman
  • title search
    Dennis Angel Law Offices
  • insurance
    David Hamilton
    Bob Adams