Life & Death in the Warzone

Overview

Life & Death in the Warzone

A powerful, exclusive access documentary following the surgeons and staff of the US Army 10th and 21st Combat Support Hospitals during the second Gulf War. What they saw and experienced tests them to the limit. A 21st-century version of the Korean War-era MASH, or Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, the CSH is a maze of sleek tents connecting fully equipped operating rooms with X-ray, pharmacy, laboratory, in-patient wards, and other emergency medical services. And like the characters in "M*A*S*H," the television series, the CSH personnel are beset by constant ethical dilemmas that pit the team's commitment to treat injured Iraqis against the messy realities of war. It's a situation in which chance and bureaucratic policy often decide who lives and who dies. Stone City Films negotiated unprecedented access to the US Army Medical corps and award-winning producer/director Dmitri Doganis spent weeks training and deployed in highly dangerous areas in Iraq.

Producer/Director: Dmitri Doganis & Callum Macrae
Photography: Hugh Hughes & Neil Harvey
Executive Producers: Clare Duggan & Bryn Higgins
Broadcaster: PBS (WGBH)