The Kill Team

(USA, 2013, 79 mins, HDCAM)
EXEC PRODS Julie Goldman, Deborah Hoffmann
PRODS Linda Davis, Dan Krauss
SCR Dan Krauss, Lawrence Lerew, Linda Davis
CAM Dan Krauss
ED Lawrence Lerew
MUS Justin Melland
PROD CO f/8 Filmworks
Guests in attendance. Director Dan Krauss will also participate in VIFF’s Film and Television Forum documentary panel "Stories from the Edge" on Thursday, October 3 at 9:00am. Tickets and further information are available at


If you were a young soldier in Afghanistan and thought the line between the "fog of war" and "killing for sport" was being crossed, would you blow the whistle? Adam Winfield did, and then found himself a target of one of the largest war crimes investigations in US history.

In early 2010, a group of US soldiers in southern Afghanistan—bored, frightened, angry and primed to explode—intentionally killed civilians, planting weapons on their victims to stage the incidents as “good shoots.” Specialist Winfield alerted the military to the killings by the self-described "Kill Team" through his father, but his warnings went unheeded. Suspicious, the team decided to carry out another murder in Winfield’s presence to implicate him. Winfield went along with the plan and, weeks later, was flown back to Fort Lewis in Washington State and charged with premeditated murder. As his story unfolded, the truth began to emerge… With extraordinary access to the soldiers who were convicted and the evidence used against them, director Dan Krauss takes us inside a story that was largely impenetrable to the media and fashions a riveting account of what armed foreign intervention can lead to.

"A true-life horror story, Dan Krauss’ chilling war-is-hell exposé is must-see viewing… The logical illogic of the soldiers’ action becomes eerily clear as their Army training and their role as ’peacekeepers’ violently conflict…"—Ronnie Scheib, Variety

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