Month: October 2017

Coming Home

Coming Home: Bowe Bergdahl vs the United States

Image from The Sunday Times

BBC Four, 9PM Monday 30th October, 2017

The story of the homecoming of US Army sergeant and former Taliban prisoner Bowe Bergdahl, after five years in captivity.

After walking off his post in Afghanistan in 2009, US Army sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban and held in captivity for five years. This documentary by the film-maker and former Taliban hostage Sean Langan, who gained exclusive access to the former POW and his family, gives a unique perspective on Sgt Bergdahl’s incredible story.

Film-maker Sean Langan was himself held captive for four months by the same group that captured Bowe Bergdahl. He too was locked in a dark cell, interrogated and put through mock executions. With his special insight, Langan gets exclusive access to Bowe Bergdahl and to his parents, Bob and Jani. He presents a moving story about a soldier who made a mistake but who then in captivity fought his captors hard and paid a terrible price, and about a family caught in a storm of false allegations and fake news. Bowe Bergdahl, Sean Langan discovers, was a man with serious psychological issues who became a political football in a deeply divided America.

Read and see more about Coming Home: Bowe Bergdahl vs the United States

BBC Storyville BBC Four

‘Coming Home: Bowe Bergdahl vs the United States’ receives it’s TV premier at 9PM Monday 30th October on BBC Four

The Sunday Times

You can read Sean Langan’s world exclusive article (The Homecoming From Hell) about his film ‘Coming Home: Bowe Bergdahl vs the United States’ in The Sunday Times on Sunday 29th October.

*Feature image (top of the page) from The Sunday Times.

2016 Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Martin Freeman is Sean Langan

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is a 2016 American biographical war comedy-drama film directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, and written by Robert Carlock, based on the memoir The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Kim Barker. The film stars Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Christopher Abbott, Alfred Molina, and Billy Bob Thornton. It was released on March 4, 2016 by Paramount Pictures.

The film was originally titled The Taliban Shuffle and Fun House, before settling on Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. (“Whiskey-tango-foxtrot” represents the NATO phonetic alphabet letters WTF, military slang for “What the fuck?”).

*Read Sean Langan’s article for Spectator Life about his meeting with Tina Fey

*Read more about Whiskey Tango Foxtrot on Wikipedia and the IMDb website