Retrograde (2022)

Retrograde (2022)

A fly-on-the-wall look at the devastating aftermath of the US’ sudden exit from Afghanistan

7.0

Movie

United States of America
English, Persian
Documentary, Drama, History, War
2022
MATTHEW HEINEMAN
94 min

What it's about

The story of the last months of the 20-year war in Afghanistan through the intimate relationship between American Green Berets and the Afghan officers they trained.

The take

Retrograde takes place in early 2021 and captures the exact moment when the US troops exited Afghanistan, effectively leading to the Taliban takeover. With a fly-on-the-look approach, director Matthew Heineman reveals the cruel consequences of this sudden exit as the Afghan people (led by the charismatic General Sammi Sadat) scramble to defend themselves despite limited means and support. In this documentary, we're privy to tactical military planning, civilian chaos, and even official Taliban gatherings. 

It’s heartbreaking and chilling, another reminder of the human cost of war and the terrible need for genuine peace. 

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