Commitment and Sacrifice
Spanning 35 years, this documentary film follows the experiences of troops from Bravo Company of the 5th Battalion 7th Cavalary regiment during the Vietman War (1970) and the Iraq War (2005), through the lens of combat cameraman Norman Lloyd. In 1970, Lloyd traveled to Cambodia and was embedded with troops in combat during the Cambodian incursion. Several decades later, Lloyd began a massive search to locate and re-interview the soldiers filmed in Cambodia. During this process, Lloyd served as a liaison, reuniting soldiers who had lost contact 30 years earlier. In 2005, he journeyed to Iraq to document the recently re-activated 5th Battalion 7th Cavalry. The film takes andiences from the jungle of Cambodia to the desert of Iraq. Lloyd’s footage from Cambodia is surreal, a first hand perspective of close combat in 1970. The audience is given a front row seat once again in Iraq, seeing a side of the war rarely shown in mainstream media, as Lloyd rides along on missions with soldiers seeking out insurgents and training Iraqi forces in 2005. His footages sheds light on the daily life of the soldier, showing that in war, the only constant is the soldier and his commitment and sacrific. The soldier is haumanized through original and retrospective interviews that demonstrate the psychological impacts of combat. The interviews Lloyd collects represent a wide scope of soldiers, illustrating that bonds are unwaving at all levels. While providing historial context from two of America’s most controversial wars, this film truly is the soldier’s story.
“Commitment and Sacrifice” gives viewers the opportunity to hear about the individual experiences of soldiers involved in both the Vietnam War and the current war in Iraq. Although descriptions of missions, tactics, and weapons are discussed in detail, the focus is on group bonding and brotherhood between the soldiers. A big part of the film focuses on how soldiers cope with the fear of death, killing others, separation from loved ones, and finding a sense of “mission” in war. For those who want first-hand accounts of what the many soldiers in these two wars have been through, “Commitment and Sacrifice” portrays war in a realistic manner, and is approved for ages 12 and older.