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The USA vs. Bergdahl

The only doc to access Bowe Bergdahl’s story

When Bowe Bergdahl infamously walked off his base in Afghanistan in 2009 he was captured by the Taliban and held for five years, tortured and kept in a tiny cage. But the nightmare only continued when he was freed by President Obama in exchange for five Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo. Arriving home, he was vilified in the media as a deserter who collaborated with the enemy. Donald Trump called for him to be shot as a “dirty rotten traitor”. So what is his side of the story? Film-maker Sean Langan gets exclusive access to Bowe Bergdahl and to his parents, presenting a moving story of a family caught in a storm of false allegations, and a soldier who made a mistake and paid a terrible price. Read more…

Watch ‘The USA vs. Bergdahl’ now

You can now watch and/or buy Sean Langans’ latest film ‘The USA vs. Bergdahl’ at Journeyman Pictures, on Amazon (dotcom), and via Vimeo.

*Note – ‘The USA vs. Bergdahl’ is the alternative title for the original BBC4 film ‘Coming Home: Bowe Bergdahl versus the United States’

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.

2008: Kidnapped

In March 2008, whilst filming in Afghanistan for Channel 4’s Dispatches series, Sean was kidnapped by a group with links to The Taliban… he was held for 3 months before finally being released on 21st June (2008). Below is a small selection of external links to news reports and articles related to his capture, and release.

 

• 6 December 2008 – Journalist Sean Langan tells of life in terror camp, escape from Taliban – For a harrowing three months as a Taliban prisoner in a Pakistani terror camp, journalist Sean Langan lived face to face with sociopaths threatening to behead him as they plotted against the West… www.nydailynews.com

• 29 June 2008 – C4 pays £150,000 to free kidnapped film maker from terror camp – Channel 4 paid a £150,000 ransom to secure the release of a documentary film maker who was held hostage for three months after trying to make contact with Al-Qaeda’s second in command… www.timesonline.co.uk (Hidden behind a pay-wall, unkown if it is still available)

• 28 June 2008 – British journalist Sean Langan tells of Taliban kidnap ordeal – Deep inside al-Qa’eda’s sanctuary high in the frozen mountains of Pakistan, a tribal council was scrutinising kidnapped British film maker Sean Langan and deciding whether he should live or die… www.telegraph.co.uk

• 28 June 2008 – ‘Freedom is the air we breathe‘ – The documentary maker Sean Langan tells Peter Beaumont about the three-month ordeal that saw him kidnapped and threatened with death in tribal Pakistan… www.guardian.co.uk

• 27 June 2008 – Kidnapped by the Taliban, Sean Langan kept sane by dreaming of kissing his sons goodnight – For the moment, adrenaline is the only thing keeping Sean Langan going. A week ago, he was still in the hands of the Taliban, incarcerated in a tiny room in the tribal wilderness of the Pakistan mountains, unsure if he would be beheaded. ‘I thought it would be a miracle if I got out of there alive,’ says the award-winning war correspondent, who was freed last Sunday morning after three months in captivity… www.dailymail.co.uk (Link no longer working)

• 24 June 2008 – Taliban captors release kidnapped reporter Sean Langan – The undercover journalist Sean Langan is back in the UK today after being kidnapped and held for three months by a group associated with the Taliban, his family said… www.independent.co.uk