for those with access to the bbc iplayer, i highly recommend this moving and quietly provocative documentary.
it shows the sobering truth that, in war, no one wins. it charts the journey of US Major Robert 'Snuffy' Gray of the 7th Cavalry Regiment - a veteran of ww2, korea and vietnam.
(the 7th cavalry regiment is perhaps the most contraversial in US military history - from Custer's infamous defeat at the Battle of the Little Big Horn in 1876 during the Great Sioux war, their lead role in the "reconaissance" of the Black Hills, the atrocity of the massacre at Wounded Knee in 1890 to the massacre at No Gun Ri in the early part of the Korean war.)
some years back Snuffy sought to reconcile himself to the Lakota people. he befriended some Lakota warriors who were veterans of Vietnam, one of whom fought for the 7th Cavalry itself. he eventually moved to a house beside the Rosebud Reservation, SD and was recognised as an honourary warrior.
the film travels with Snuffy, as, at the age of 83, he continues his journey in search of personal redemption - to be reconciled with himself and his past, allthewhile helping his friends and the men he led as they each struggle with their own pasts.
much of the testimony is disturbing and upsetting - depicting the all too palpable trauma caused by oppression and war, but significantly, the inner conflict of honour and pride colliding with horror and feelings of guilt.
a powerful documentary, beautifully filmed in places. it's available for a month to download. highly recommended.