COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado — A new documentary now in theaters follows Green Berets based at Fort Carson through the tumultuous final months of the war in Afghanistan.
The producer of Retrograde flew to Colorado Springs for a special screening of the movie at the Cinemark Tinseltown theaters Saturday night with the soldiers and their families who are featured in the film.
Producer Caitlin McNally and the 10th Special Forces Group Chief Warrant Officer Jacek Waliszewski explained that preparation for the film began four years ago. The documentary team had planned to follow the Green Berets from training to deployment and return. They didn't expect history to unfold as they were there.
McNally said she hopes audiences who watch the film will realize that the war hasn't ended.
"It's not over because there are many, many Afghan partners who fought valiantly alongside our American service members for 20 years who are still stuck there under the Taliban regime," she said.
Waliszewski drew inspiration from seeing the Afghan soldiers that he and his men trained with lead their countrymen in the face of an impossible challenge.
"What we saw transpire in those final days and final hours was soldiers transition into humanitarians who stayed to do what was right which was to help as many people as they could," he said.
Retrograde was released in theaters nationwide by National Geographic. It will also be available for streaming next month on Disney + and Hulu.
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