Eric Mehalacopoulos, Elliot Ruiz, Matthew Knoll
Iraqi insurgents bomb a convoy of U.S. Marines, resulting in the death of their most popular officer. Enraged by the death of one of their own, a Marine squadron carries out unwarranted, brutal retaliation. Their violent house-searches lead to the massacre of 24 people, many of whom are women and children?tragic casualties of a war they cannot control. The Marines too are victims, attacked, wounded, and forced to respond in the way they have been trained. Nick Broomfield's BATTLE FOR HADITHA follows the story of the Marines of Kilo Company, an Iraqi family, and the insurgents who plant the roadside bomb.