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Download the discussion guide for the documentary Armadillo and use it for facilitating conversation about this film at home, in the classroom or at community screenings.

Armadillo: Discussion Guide

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Armadillo is a journey into the soldier's mind and a unique investigation into the mythological story of man and war, staged in its contemporary version in Afghanistan. The film faithfully renders the soldiers' point of view but, in true vérité fashion, neither approves nor condemns what happens, allowing the ambiguities and contradictions of the battlefield — and the soldiers' evolving attitudes — to speak for themselves. This makes it an excellent springboard for discussion.

As an outreach tool, Armadillo provokes viewers to consider serious questions about the conflict in Afghanistan and war in general. How do you protect civilians when opponents don't wear uniforms and you can't distinguish allies from enemies? When is the presence of foreign troops more likely to exacerbate the conflict than keep the peace?

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Film Information

Armadillo (90 min.)

Premiere Date: August 30, 2011

Streaming Dates: Expired

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Trailer: Link | Embed

Filmmaker: Janus Metz Bio | Interview | Statement

Press: Press Release | Fact Sheet | Critical Acclaim | 2012 Emmy Winner Press Release


Janus Metz
Janus Metz

The mission was to bring the war on Afghanistan back into people’s living rooms and make them engaged. There was a feeling that nobody was really caring that there was a war in Afghanistan.”

— Janus Metz, Filmmaker


Film Update

Critical Acclaim

War documentaries, like the wars they depict, often run up against the exhaustion of the American public. With Armadillo, Danish filmmaker Janus Metz puts a bracing spotlight on pumped-up army youngbloods in Afghanistan, as part of a concerted effort to combat the same indifference within his own country.”

— Nicolas Rapold,
Wall Street Journal

The notion that the Danes are in Afghanistan on a peacekeeping mission and spend their days building schools and 'giving out candy to kids' is clearly no longer tenable.”

— Geoffrey Macnab,
The Guardian UK

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