A group of brave young American Soldiers are fearlessly highlighting their life-changing tour of duty in Afghanistan in the upcoming documentary, ‘Citizen Soldier.’ The Oklahoma Army National Guard’s 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team is offering an excruciatingly personal look into modern warfare, brotherhood and patriotism in Shockya’s exclusive clip from the film.

‘Citizen Soldier’ is the next feature made from actual combat footage from directors David Salzberg and Christian Tureaud, the team behind critically-acclaimed and commercially-successful 2014 war documentary, ‘The Hornet’s Nest.’ The filmmaking duo’s latest project is set to be released in limited theaters this Friday, August 5 by Gravitas Ventures. The distributor will then unveil the movie nationally on all major VOD and On Demand platforms on August 30, the same day that Broad Green Pictures will also release it on Blu-ray and DVD. The film can now be pre-ordered on iTunes.

‘Citizen Soldier’ is a dramatic feature film that’s told from the point of view of a group of Soldiers in the Oklahoma Army National Guard’s 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, which has been known as the “Thunderbirds” since World War II. Set in one of the most dangerous parts of Afghanistan at the height of the surge, the documentary offers a heart-pounding, heartfelt grunts’ eye-view of the war.

The film uses real footage from multiple cameras, including helmet cams, to give the audience an intimate view into the chaos and horrors of combat. In the process, the Soldiers display their bravery and valor under the most hellish of conditions.

The Citizen Soldiers are patriotic men and women, who are one day working 9 to 5 jobs, and the next day are deployed to the front lines of war. One of them is Sgt. Eran Harrill, who’s a born leader, devoted single father and head of his local Chamber of Commerce. When Eran’s unit was called up, he deferred his education and deployed to fight for his country. This is his story, but it is also the story of Citizen Soldiers everywhere fighting America’s wars when called upon, building global partnerships when asked and protecting the homeland at all costs.

Watch Shockya’s exclusive clip, and check out stills, from ‘Citizen Soldier’ below.

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Written by: Karen Benardello

By Karen Benardello

As a graduate of LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic, Karen Benardello serves as ShockYa's Senior Movies & Television Editor. Her duties include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, and scribing movie, television and music reviews and news articles. As a New York City-area based journalist, she's a member of the guilds, New York Film Critics Online and the Women Film Critics Circle.

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