and Friction Press
If you've ever wondered what combat is really like
-- the stories you don't get from the local recruiting officer -- "Fog and Friction" takes
a look at three specific battles in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The half-hour film is part of a larger series, "Beyond the Border," jointly
produced by the David M. Kennedy Center at Brigham Young
University and Combat Films and Research. It airs on KBYU beginning
The series takes a look at various world events and stories through
the perspective of international relations.
"Through this series, we hope to provide an alternative perspective
on forces, ideas and facts that are beyond the border of our common experience," Jeff
Ringer, Kennedy Center director and creator of the concept,
said in a news release.
"Fog and Friction," (Wednesday, 9 p.m.)
is the first in the series. Its title alludes to the two constant aspects
of military chaos. Fog refers to uncertainty. For example, soldiers
need to cross-check incoming reports about the enemy and determine
what is known with a surety, and what isn't. Friction refers to the
difficulties in doing seemingly simple tasks. What soldiers are trained
to know is that they are never in total control, there is always some
unknown variable to catch them off guard.
What makes this particular film interesting is that it isn't about winning
or losing. It's about what the soldiers profiled are dealing with day
to day. The interviews focus on training and decision making. And while
there are interviews with both military professors and soldiers themselves,
the installment doesn't take an emotional tone. Instead, it simply discusses
the logistics of accomplishing an operation of war.
Other films in the series are "Arms Bazaar" (Wednesday, 9:30
p.m.), about the international arms market; "From the Masses to
the Masses" (Sept. 29, 9 p.m.), a story of five artists in China; "Ukraine
Sonata" (Sept. 29, 9:30 p.m.), a look at the music influenced by
the country's independence from the Soviet Union; "Faultlines and
Pipelines" (Oct. 6, 9 p.m.), about the struggles surrounding a large
portion of the world's oil reserves.
This story appeared in The Daily Herald on page F23.
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