‘Father Soldier Son’ Trailer: Netflix Documentary Takes a 10-Year Look at the Toll of War on One Family

Image credit: Marcus Yam/New York Times

Take a look at the trailer Netflix has released for upcoming documentary Father Soldier Son, following one U.S. military family across a decade.

In what could be one highly emotional watch, Father Soldier Son chronicles ten years in the lives of the Eisch family. The documentary began as a look at a battalion’s deployment in Afghanistan over a year, but evolved into something much with reporters-turned-filmmakers Catrin Einhorn and Leslye Davis focusing in on former platoon sergeant and his two young sons over a much longer period. Everything changed when Sgt. First Class Brian Eisch was critically injured and returned home.

Backed by The New York Times, the documentary looks to be a large-scope picture on how military life, injury, and PTSD affects all members of a family, and in particular how it appears in the eyes of boys looking up to their fathers.

Father Soldier Son will be hitting Netflix on July 17.

Official synopsis for Father Soldier Son:

This intimate documentary from The New York Times follows a former platoon sergeant and his two young sons over almost a decade, chronicling his return home after a serious combat injury in Afghanistan. Originating as part of a 2010 project on a battalion’s yearlong deployment, reporters-turned-filmmakers Catrin Einhorn and Leslye Davis stuck with the story to trace the longterm effects of military service on a family. At once a verité portrait of ordinary people living in the shadow of active duty and a longitudinal survey of the intergenerational cycles of military service, FATHER SOLDIER SON is a profound and deeply personal exploration of the meaning of sacrifice, purpose, duty and American manhood in the aftermath of war.

Image credit: Marcus Yam/New York Times


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