ISLAND SOLDIER is a feature documentary that interweaves the personal stories of Micronesian soldiers serving in the US military and the experience of their families back home in the islands.
We journey from one of the most remote islands in the world to the front lines of war in Afghanistan in 2013. These non-US citizens mostly serve in the infantry and have extremely high casualty rates, dying at a rate that is five times higher than that of fellow soldiers born in the 50 states. In following the odyssey of young men from the island of Kosrae, we glimpse an intimate perspective from parents grappling with the absence of their precious children, humanizing the repercussions of America’s foreign wars, and the changing fabric of a small island nation on the brink of economic and environmental collapse.
Told through the intimate personal odyssey of the Nena family, they strive for the “American Dream” while dealing with the consequences of war. – Anderson Le
Nathan Fitch is an award-winning filmmaker and visual journalist based in New York. A member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective and Video Consortium, Nathan most recently worked in the video department of The New Yorker. Nathan’s work has also been published by TIME, WNYC, ESPN, NPR, and the New York Times Op-Docs, to name a few. ISLAND SOLDIER, Nathan’s first feature-length documentary, has screened both nationally and internationally.
Director: Nathan Fitch
Producer: Nathan Fitch, Fivel Rothberg, Bryan Chang
Editor: Bryan Chang