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Tattooed Under Fire

Airs Sunday, May 29, 2011 at 12:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Exterior photo of River City Tattoo Parlor in Killeen, Texas.

Photo of a sample tattoo of a hand holding an American flag with the words "For The Fallen."
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Above: Photo of a sample tattoo of a hand holding an American flag with the words "For The Fallen."

"Tattooed Under Fire" is a unique, intimate, character-driven portrait of Iraq-bound and returning U.S. soldiers as they go under the tattoo needle: openly professing their pride, sharing their secrets and confessing their fears.

The tattoos cross lines of gender, class, and political affinity revealing the inner lives of young men and women as they live through the horrors of the Iraq war.

The film’s narrative moves from the early expectations and excitement of 18 and 20 year-olds through cynicism and anger to a sense of a psychological aftermath that will never be erased. Each soldier’s story is an evocative, poignant, and highly personal look at the human and cultural cost of war.

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Trailer: Tattooed Under Fire

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Tattooed Under Fire: Soldier Story: Jamie

Above: "Tattooed Under Fire" is a unique, intimate, character-driven portrait of Iraq-bound and returning US soldiers as they go under the tattoo needle: openly professing their pride, sharing their secrets and confessing their fears.

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Video Excerpt: Tattooed Under Fire: Fort Hood

Above: "Tattooed Under Fire" is a unique, intimate, character-driven portrait of Iraq-bound and returning U.S. soldiers as they go under the tattoo needle. The film’s narrative moves from the early expectations and excitement of 18 and 20 year-olds through cynicism and anger to a sense of a psychological aftermath that will never be erased. Each soldier’s story is an evocative, poignant, and highly personal look at the human and cultural cost of war.

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