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February 02, 2011
Oregon National Guard unit highlighted in documentary scheduled to premier in Portland on Feb. 3.
 
SALEM, Ore. – A documentary film highlighting Oregon National Guard Soldiers is scheduled to premier at the Hollywood Theater in Portland, Ore., Feb. 3 at 7:00 p.m.
The screening will include an introduction by the film's director, Gary Mortensen, and a question and answer session with the unit's Soldiers following the film.

The 90-minute film produced by Lucky Forward Films, follows a group of 17 volunteer Soldiers who, in 2008, deployed to Afghanistan to train a battalion from the Afghan National Army.

Their mission was to conduct counter narcotics patrols in the deadly Helmand Province, a region notorious not only for its opium production but as a Taliban stronghold. The images they captured via hand-held video cameras of their frequent encounters with enemy fighters became the basis for the documentary.

The film is narrated by Donald Trump Jr., who met several of the Soldiers in person during the making of the film. The film also features two songs by the Grammy Award winning Zac Brown Band.

"My goal is not to make a political film," Mortensen said. "This is about what the soldiers face in the field, how it affects them then, and what they face when they return home. These are their stories; not mine."

To view the film's trailer, go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOTr10a5Xk8 
For more information on the premier, visit http://shepherdsofhelmand.com.