Armadillo (2011)

  • Documentary
  • 1h 40m

Winner 2010 Critics Week Grand Prize at Cannes 2010 Winner 2012 Emmys, best editing, nominated best documentary Winner, 2011 Best Documentary Danish Film Awards and Bodil Awards

“When the bombs go off and the bullets start flying, Metz and his cameraman provide a real-life vision of what a hurt locker is really all about.” - Hollywood Reporter

“A mesmerizing, beautiful and terrifying documentary that can stand among the greatest war movies ever made.” - Andrew O’Hehir, Salon

ARMADILLO is a raw and unforgettable journey into the war in Afghanistan. Mads and Daniel are Danish troops joining the NATO mission in Helmand Province. Their platoon is stationed in Camp Armadillo, with Taliban fighters a stone’s throw away.

Filmmaker Janus Metz is deeply embedded with the platoon, documenting first-hand the daily grind of modern warfare, tense waiting followed by intense flurries of bloodshed. During gunfights his camera is right at the front line, recording the mortal dangers the troops face daily.

Unable to tell Afghan civilians apart from combatants, the platoon’s skepticism of the humanitarian effort grows, as well as their yearning for the black and white morality of battle. Ethical lines are blurred, and a sense of besieged paranoia sets in to their warrior mentality. ARMADILLO is a harrowing journey into the minds of soldiers during a war without end.

Cast

Janus Metz

Director

Janus Metz

Language(s)

Danish