Cinema Q: Semper Fi
USA, 2007, 82 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Documentary, GLBT, Social Issues, War
Jeff Key, a kid from Alabama, who set out for Hollywood where he found freedom, acceptance and deep friendships. This new-found acceptance gave him the courage ---- at thirty-four ---- to join the Marine Corps Reserve only to find his life again transformed in the wake of 9/11. After those terrible events ---- knowing he could get out of the service by telling his superiors who he really was ---- Key decided to go to war for the country he loved.
Once in Iraq, Key's heart was broken by what he saw. Despite his patriotism and his commitment to serve, his deeply felt ideals could not and would not allow him to support the conflict. Through journals and his own in-country home movies, Key traverses the American experience in Iraq. He records the little moments of war and the quiet moments when friendships are made and when strangers meet across vast cultural divides. However, he also reveals his feelings about hiding amongst friends and trying to keep up an illusion for what he believed was a just cause. His growing disillusionment with the war soon becomes overwhelming.
Finally, when he makes the decision to reveal his homosexuality, Key becomes true to himself. Back home, he uses his war journals to create a one-man play that never flinches from what it meant to be Gay and at war ---- revealing the dignity and power of his experience.
DIRECTOR: Vincent DiPersio
Principal Cast: Jeff Key
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