Film

Hacksaw Ridge

Dinsdag 18 april, 20:00 - 23:59 (uitverkocht)
Woensdag 19 april, 20:00 - 23:59 (uitverkocht)
Filmhuis De Zwarte Doos

Mel Gibson, VS/Austr 2016
Language: english – subtitles: dutch

 

Hacksaw Ridge is the true story of Desmond Doss [Andrew Garfield] who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon, as he believed that while the war was justified, killing was nevertheless wrong. As an army medic, he single-handedly evacuated the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers and was wounded by a grenade and hit by snipers. Doss was the first conscientious objector ever to earn the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Mel Gibson: Director’s Statemen
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When I heard the story of Desmond Doss, the first conscientious objector to receive the U.S. Medal of Honor, I was astounded by the extent of his sacrifice. Here was a man who, in the most pure, selfless, and almost unconscious way, repeatedly risked his own life to save the lives of his brothers. Desmond was a completely ordinary man who did extraordinary things.

 

When WWII broke out and young men raced to enlist, Desmond faced a predicament – he was as eager to serve as any man, but violence conflicted with his religious and moral beliefs. He refused to even touch a weapon. Desmond underwent intense persecution for his refusal to waver in his conviction, then went on to enter the hell of war armed with nothing more than his faith, and emerge one of the greatest war heroes of all time.

Desmond Doss was singular.There are few, if any people, who could or would replicate his actions.The humility he maintained in discussing his heroics is a testament to the mettle of the man. In fact, Desmond was asked permission for years to adapt his story into a film, and repeatedly declined, insisting that the “real heroes” were the ones in the ground. In a cinematic landscape overrun with fictional “superheroes,” I thought it was time to celebrate a real one.

 

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