Going To War Going To War What is it really like to go to war?

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What is it really like to go to war? For millennia, only warriors could really answer that question. Now, this PBS documentary takes us inside the experience of battle and reveals the soldier’s experiences as never before.

War is the ultimate paradox. Filled with terror, pain and grief, it also brings exhilaration, and a profound sense of purpose. Going to War helps us make sense of this paradox and get to the heart of what it’s like to be a soldier in times of war. The film illuminates the experiences of training, battle, and coming home for soldiers across conflicts, revealing the universals of the warrior’s journey.

Leading our exploration are Sebastian Junger, bestselling author and director of the Academy Award-nominated film Restrepo, and Karl Marlantes, decorated Marine officer and author of the bestselling novel Matterhorn and the fearless memoir What It is Like to Go to War. Both men bring firsthand experience, hard-won wisdom, and an abiding commitment to telling the warrior’s story with insight and unflinching candor.

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About

  • Michael Epstein: Producer/Director
  • Sebastian Junger: Co-Executive Producer
  • Karl Marlantes: Co-Executive Producer
  • Paul G. Allen: Executive Producer
  • Sunita Prasad: Editor
  • Michael Rosenfeld: VP, National Production
  • JoAnna Baldwin Mallory: Executive Producer
  • Michael Cascio: Executive Producer
  • Perry Simon: Managing Director
  • Aimee Link: Producer
  • Kim Nyhous: Production Manager
  • Susan Grella : Production Coordinator
  • Sara Edelson: Director of Development
  • Ted Richane: Engagement and Impact Director
  • Hannah Gregg: Associate Impact Producer
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What is it like to go to war?

Filled with terror, pain and grief, it also brings exhilaration, and a profound sense of purpose. In Going to War, renowned authors Karl Marlantes and Sebastian Junger help us make sense of this paradox and get to the heart of what it’s like to be a soldier at war.

05.21.2018


When we talk about war, we're talking about what it means to be human.

05.21.2018


"As a nation we excel at waging war, yet we are criminally indifferent to its costs and consequences. We celebrate the men and women who serve in our armed forces — thanking them for their service at sporting events, airports and parades. But rarely do we stop and listen to their experiences, especially in combat."

Michael Epstein - Producer/Director

05.21.2018


When we ask soldiers to go fight, we're asking them to go kill other people for us.

The Filmmakers

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Michael Epstein ​Producer/Director

Michael Epstein is an Academy Award-nominated filmmaker ....

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Sebastian Junger Co-Executive Producer

Sebastian Junger is a renowned journalist and documentarian ...

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Karl Marlantes Co-Executive Producer

Karl Marlantes is the author of The New York Times best-selling memoir and meditation, What It Is Like to Go to War ...

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