Hyena Road Trailer and My Concerns About The Film

first published on September 11, 2015 by

‘Three different men, three different worlds, three different wars – all stand at the intersection of modern warfare – a murky world of fluid morality where all is not as it seems.’

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“Hyena Road” was known to us as Route Fosters during our deployment when it was still just a dirt road that had IEDs every 100 meters. My first dismounted patrol in Afghanistan was actually the first patrol ever to scout ground for Hyena Road’s construction in 2008. This was during the initial conceptualization of having a paved road to connect the four isolated COPs (30 man Combat Outposts) spread along the Arghandab River.

When I first heard that a film was being made about my old stomping grounds in Panjwai, Kandahar, I was pretty excited. I expected that whoever had decided to take on the responsibility of telling our story would be sure to do it right. Then I read the synopsis, and watched the trailer.

I truly hope that this film finds a way to honor our brothers who gave their lives in the villages near Sperwan, Haji, Zangabad, Talukan, and Mushan, but if this trailer is any representation of the finished film, I have my doubts.

The film is being produced by Canadian film maker Paul Gross (he also stars in the film as an intelligence officer), who told The Star, β€œIt’s to do with a sniper and an intelligence officer β€” both Canadian soldiers and a legendary mujahedeen fighter and how their paths converge with unpredictable consequences.”

Gross only spent 2 weeks in Afghanistan where he gathered 60 hours of b-roll footage. Some of this time was also spent at FOB Sperwan Ghar, which was used to support the COPs spread out along the Arghandab river in Panjwai where the majority of the fighting was happening for us. The rest of the research was done through interviews with veterans who served in that AO.

From what the trailer shows, I fear that this is going to be an overly dramatic made-for-tv movie, with a cast of C list actors that aren’t prepared to portray soldiers in the middle of our war zone accurately or respectfully. I hope I’m wrong.

What do you think of the trailer?