“Scot Laney and Gary Mortensen should be proud of making such a vivid documentary of the experiences of the guys from Bravo Co.,
2/162. It conveys the viciousness, fear, boredom, anger and sadness that accompany war. It’s Oregon’s ‘Gunner's Palace.’” – The Oregonian
In 2004 a battalion of National Guard soldiers from Oregon departed for a one-year mission to Iraq. Patrolling against IEDs, under
constant threat of ambush and subjected to combat of epic intensity, they fight to rebuild a destroyed country. Some of them never
returned, and those that did were forever changed by their experiences.
Everyone is talking about the war, but very few are talking to the soldiers. This film presents the war in Iraq in the words and
images of the soldiers who are stationed there. This is not a movie made for either the Left or the Right; rather
This Is War uses video and photos taken by the soldiers themselves to document their reality, and capture the
hopefulness and hopelessness, the fear and the joys of life in a combat zone.
This Is War: Memories of Iraq takes viewers inside Iraq and reveals the story that can only be told by the men and
the women living the deployment. Although featuring members of the Oregon National Guard 2/162, this is the story of all the soldier’s
who have been, are now, or will be, deployed in Iraq.