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PBS Premiere: August 30, 2011


In 2009, Janus Metz and cameraman Lars Skree accompanied a platoon of Danish soldiers to Armadillo, a combat operations base in southern Afghanistan. For six months, often while under fire, they captured the lives of the young soldiers fighting the Taliban in a hostile and confusing environment, where official rhetoric about helping civilians too often met the unforgiving reality of being a foreign occupier. Winner of the Critics’ Week Grand Prix at Cannes, Armadillo is one of the most dramatic and candid accounts of combat to come out of Afghanistan. (90 minutes)

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TAGS: afghanistan, denmark, nato, soldiers, taliban, war, war movie

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Film Information

Armadillo (90 min.)

Premiere Date: August 30, 2011

Streaming Dates: Expired

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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


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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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