“Pat Tillman never thought of himself as a hero. His choice to leave a multimillion-dollar football contract and join the military wasn’t done for any reason other than he felt it was the right thing to do. The fact that the military manipulated his tragic death in the line of duty into a propaganda tool is unfathomable and thoroughly explored in Amir Bar-Lev’s riveting and enraging documentary.” (picture and text taken from IMDB.com)
Patrick Tillman was an up-and-coming NFL star who turned down an eight million dollar a year contract in order to join the Army Rangers, with his brother, in lieu of the events of 9/11. He fought off the press and he fought off the vested interests of Washington, D.C. so that he could participate in his own patriotism the same way you and I would have to, if it meant to us what it meant to Pat Tillman. He served his country as a citizen, rather than a hero.
While on tour in Afghanistan, Patrick Tillman was slain by friendly fire. The ensuing and subsequent cover up, on behalf of his superior officers and the governmental chain of command, managed to ellude every one, including his family and even his brother, Kevin Tillman (who was in the vehicle responsible for shooting at and killing Pat Tillman). This documentary covers the story from a variety of angles: Tillman’s family and fellow officers demystify the man, and the tragic cover up surrounding his unfortunate demise.
Everyone is welcome at this free presentation. Basic refreshments will be served, but feel free to bring other snacks and/or drinks.