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: Bowe Bergdahl vs the United States
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.
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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.