Portraits of soldiers in Afghanistan

Portraits of soldiers in Afghanistan

A unique chronicle of the Royal 22e Régiment

Shot in March 2011, the film captures the experiences of the Van Doos, the soldiers of the Royal 22e Régiment, during their tour of duty in Afghanistan. This rare footage, together with the soldiers' comments, conveys the complexity of the issues on the ground and sheds light on a little-known reality.

Watch excerpts from this film for free, or download a digital version of the full film here.

  • The Van Doos in Afghanistan - My Battalion
    2011|2 min

    The Van Doos in Afghanistan is a feature-length documentary that propels you directly into the heart of the action among the soldiers serving with the Royal 22e Régiment. In this clip, we meet Corporal Maxime Émond-Pépin, who suffered a serious leg injury and lost an eye on his first mission in 2009. Despite his injuries, he rejoined his battalion in Afghanistan. He talks about how important it was for him to get back to the infantry.

  • The Van Doos in Afghanistan - The Patrol
    2011|4 min

    The Van Doos in Afghanistan is a documentary that propels you directly into the heart of the action among the soldiers serving with the Royal 22e Régiment.

    In this clip, we follow Captain Stéphane Guillemette on the ground as he conducts daily searches for improvised explosive devices or hidden insurgent weapons caches. Conducting daily patrols of the Panjwaye district demands constant vigilance.

  • The Van Doos in Afghanistan - The Road to Mushan
    2011|4 min

    The Van Doos in Afghanistan is a documentary that propels you directly into the heart of the action among the soldiers serving with the Royal 22e Régiment. In this clip, Captain Pascal Croteau, Armour Officer assisting the 1st Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment Battle Group, and Sergeant Patrick Auger, Platoon Second-in-Command, talk about their work to secure the road to Mushan. Confidence is growing and increasing numbers of Afghans are now using the road.

  • The Van Doos in Afghanistan - Proud Infantrymen
    2011|3 min

    The Van Doos in Afghanistan is a documentary that propels you directly into the heart of the action among the soldiers serving with the Royal 22e Régiment. Private Stéphane Perreault is passionate about his profession in the infantry. He talks about what made him decide to enlist and how proud he is to serve in the military as part of the French-speaking Royal 22e Régiment. He plans to carry on his work for a long time to come.

  • The Van Doos in Afghanistan - Mission Accomplished
    2011|4 min

    The Van Doos in Afghanistan is a documentary that propels you directly into the heart of the action among the soldiers serving with the Royal 22e Régiment. In this clip, Lieutenant-Colonel Michel-Henri St-Louis and Major François Dufault take stock of the progress that has been made since the beginning of the military intervention in Afghanistan. While being realistic and aware of the fragility of the situation, they are, nevertheless proud of the work that has been accomplished by Canada`s armed forces.

  • The Van Doos in Afghanistan - A Minute of Silence
    2011|2 min

    The Van Doos in Afghanistan is a documentary that propels you directly into the heart of the action among the soldiers serving with the Royal 22e Régiment. In this clip, the soldiers gather for a minute of silence in memory of Corporal Yannick Scherrer, their comrade-in-arms. His coffin is carried onto the plane that will fly him home to his final resting place.