Baghdad ER: Documentary On US Military Hospital in Iraq
Gets Cold Reception From Army
(BAGHDAD E.R.については番組の38分過ぎからです。
(二人の共同監督が出演。PAULA ZWILLINGER さんも電話で出演)

Marine's Mom Views Son's Last Hours in HBO's 'Baghdad ER'
War Documentary Chronicles Iraq Heroism in Painful Detail
(Paula Zwillinger さんの Interview を観ることもできます)

Paula Zwillinger knew something awful had happened when she saw two
military officers waiting in her driveway as she came home from work on
June 6, 2005. The officers told her that her son had been hit by
a roadside bomb in Fallujah and had died 17 hours later.

ポーラ Zwillinger さんは、2005年6月6日に仕事から帰宅した時、二人の将校が

"They listed time of incident, time of death, injury suffered from
an explosion from an IED," Zwillinger recalls. "I didn't know how
he passed, I didn't know if there was anybody with him."

「彼らは事故の時刻、亡くなった時刻、IED に遭ってからどのくらい苦しんだか

Zwillinger would know nothing about her son's final hours until months
later, when HBO called to tell her about an upcoming documentary called
"Baghdad ER."

数か月後、HBOが、「バグダッド ER」というドキュメンタリーについて彼女に

It turns out that HBO was there in the Army hospital in Baghdad when
Zwillinger's son, 21-year-old Lance Cpl. Robert Mininger, was rushed in
for treatment. Its cameras were rolling as the medics struggled to keep
him alive.

Zwillinger さんの21歳の息子ロバート Mininger上等兵が、

Millions of Americans, she was told, would soon see the documentary
"Baghdad ER," which includes an emotional finale in which her son dies
on the operating table. The documentary airs Sunday night on HBO.

彼女は言われました。 ドキュメンタリーは日曜日の夜にHBOで放送されます。

Its portrayal of wartime medicine is so painfully realistic that
the Pentagon has warned soldiers and Marines who have served in Iraq,
and their families, that it may trigger flashbacks, nightmares and
other symptoms of post-traumatic stress.


HBO invited Zwillinger to screen the movie early,
and to see the complete unedited footage of her son's final hours.

HBOは Zwillinger さんを試写会に招待し、

"I can only tell you I wanted to touch him, I wanted to reach out and
touch him because you're really right there," Zwillinger told ABC News.


Painful as it is to watch, she calls the movie a blessing.

"To see him alive, moving, was wonderful," she says.
"Having to come to terms with losing him and watching is something else,
but literally it allowed me to be there with him in his final moments."


There have been some complaints that "Baghdad ER" is too graphic,
too negative, but Zwillinger sees it differently.

若干の苦情がありました。しかし Zwillinger さんは違った観方をしています。

"This is war, this is war, this is what people need to see," she says.
"If they don't believe this is raw image, then they are not in reality."


"What does the public really see right now?
The public sees a blurb on the second page of a newspaper,
we're not even front page newspaper anymore.
It's a little blurb saying 'two soldiers have lost
their lives over in Baghdad' ? that's it.
… You don't get the graphic reality of what war is about until you see
the film. That's war, it's graphic, it's raw, it's authentic,it's real."


Baghdad ER: Documentary On US Military Hospital in Iraq
Gets Cold Reception From Army
(BAGHDAD E.R.については番組の38分過ぎからです。
(二人の共同監督が出演。PAULA ZWILLINGER さんも電話で出演)

AMY GOODMAN: How important do you think it is for people to see
these images?

PAULA ZWILLINGER: I think it's very important. It brings the reality of
the war into the home. Right now, as we've talked about previously,
what is the public really seeing nowadays? They're seeing a paragraph on
the second page of a newspaper saying that, you know, we lost X number
of lives today, whether it be an I.E.D., whether a tank rolled over,
and it's just a little paragraph, and you don't really get the visual
image of really what war is about until you see the movie.

It's very easy to read it in the paper. There's no getting around it.
It's a little cold. It's not detailed. You know, you never get details
in the newspaper, but when you see the documentary it really hits home,
because it's reality. What you're going to see is war,
and it's the outcome of war, whether it be positive or negative.


AMY GOODMAN: And your feelings now about the Army seeming to pull back,
withdraw support from showing this film, saying it's going to cause post
-traumatic stress and even putting pressure on HBO to change this film,
to delete scenes?

PAULA ZWILLINGER: Well, you know, I have an opinion and, you know,
the more I think about it, as Jon mentioned that, you know,
it does have political ties to it, but you know, everybody has to take
from this documentary their own feelings, and right now with --
everybody has an opinion about the war. Of course, with the polls and
everything showing, you know, where the American public really resides
as to our opinion as to whether we should be there or not and how things
have changed, I mean, that's an ever ongoing situation,
but it definitely has a strong image of what war is about.

AMY GOODMAN: Paula, Matt and Jon brought you to New York,
because they had filmed the death of your son in the Baghdad ER.


AMY GOODMAN: You, alone, watched this with your husband.


AMY GOODMAN: What were your feelings?

PAULA ZWILLINGER: Well, you have to understand that I initially had
17 hours where I knew nothing. It was, in essence, a black hole.
I had many questions that I thought I would never get the answers to,
and five months later, after, you know, losing Bob, Matt called me and
told me about the documentary that they were working on, and for me
to see this footage again of my son literally puts me at his bedside,
and I think that is a precious gift that any parent would take,
to literally be there at your son's bedside.

ポーラ ZWILLINGER :私が何も知らなかったところに、初めて17時間を知った

You know, it's -- you have to wonder, timing of it and everything,
as to why they were there when Bob came through the door, you know,
all those little coincidences and things of that nature, but in reality
it has given me peace. It has given me closure. It has answered some of
my questions that I've had. It has given me the opportunity to talk with
the doctors and the nurses who took care of him. Not every parent gets
those answers in a time of war when their child is, you know,
injured or killed overseas. And again, you know,
I am very fortunate that I have that now, so I look at it as a gift.