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PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release

CONTACT Jose Vasquez, Executive Director (646) 723-0989, jose@ivaw.org

As Iraq War Comes to Close, Veterans Stories More Important Than Ever New Documentary on PBS, in Theaters Ensures Veterans Are Not Forgotten This is Where We Take Our Stand, a new documentary by critically acclaimed director David Zeiger (Sir! No Sir!, 2005) follows the courageous veterans and service members who, compelled by a sense of duty to their country and humanity, testified to their complicity in a pattern of atrocities committed during the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. This filmic portrait of Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) digs deep beneath the surface of 2008 Winter Solider hearings—inspired by the 1971 Vietnam investigations by the same name—to reveal the people whose experiences and struggles made that historic event possible. Their stories bear retelling despite the recent troop withdrawal from Iraq. “The mythology that we were creating democracy and helping people in Iraq is still prevalent,” says director David Zeiger. “We created a living hell in Iraq. If we continue to consider that a success, how will we handle Afghanistan?” In addition to ongoing American military intervention in the Middle East, the United States is facing an influx of returning service members struggling with the scars of war. “The war might be over,” says Sgt. Geoff Millard, a star of the film who served 13 months in Iraq in 2004-05, “but veterans will continue dealing with all kinds of issues. The film gives voice to these vets as they try to reintegrate into a society telling them to take their medals, sit down, and shut up.” The film will enjoy public screenings in Los Angeles, New York, and Washington DC. In a bold move, PBS affiliates will air the film this winter with the support of the National Educational Television Association. Contact your local PBS affiliate for details and air times. WHAT: This is Where We Take Our Stand New York premiere WHO: Directors David Zeiger and Bestor Cram; local cast member Sgt. Selena Coppa; IVAW Executive Director Jose Vasquez WHERE: West Village IFC Center, 323 Sixth Ave. at W 3rd. St., New York, NY WHEN: Thurs., February 1, 7:00pm (Run time 1:03); Q&A with director and cast to follow ABOUT: This Is Where We Take Our Stand documents the story of 250 veterans who, in 2008, testified to their own harrowing experiences in the occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq. Additional Information: Tickets $15; proceeds support IVAW. Full press kit, images, film trailer, and press passes available by visiting http://ivaw.org/wintersoldier. #####