CinemaBlend Interview: The Tillman Story Director Amir Bar-Lev

Hitting theaters this weekend in limited release, amid the dregs of summer blockbusters, is a truly astonishing film. Amir Bar-Lev's documentary The Tillman Story, which premiered earlier this year, chronicles the short-lived military career of former NFL player Pat Tillman and his death in Afghanistan, which was deliberately painted as an act of heroism by a military well aware that he'd died from friendly fire instead. Through interviews with the Tillman family and the military Bar-Lev meticulously deconstructs the media myth built up around Tillman, and the very notion that any young man's death in a war can be a simple act of valor, or even simply explained.

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