The Inglewood Public Library will present free screenings of two Veterans Day-themed films on Saturday, Nov. 12th in the Gladys Waddingham Lecture Hall. The first film screens at noon. It exposes a year in Afghanistan embedded with the Second Platoon, B Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team of the U.S. Army in the Korangal Valley. The 2nd Platoon is depicted defending the outpost (OP) named after a platoon medic who was killed earlier in the campaign, PFC Juan Sebastian Restrepo, a Colombian-born naturalized U.S. citizen.
The second film will be shown at 1:45pm. It is a documentary that describes the rise of the U.S. military-industrial complex and its 50-year involvement with wars led by the United States, especially the 2003 invasion of Iraq. This film documents the consequences of our foreign policy with the stories of a Vietnam War veteran, whose son was killed in the September 11, 2001 attacks; that of a 23 year-old New Yorker who enlists in the United States Army, his decision impelled by his mother’s death; and a military explosive scientist who arrived in the U.S. as a refugee child from Vietnam in 1975.
The Inglewood Main Library is located at 101 W. Manchester. For more information call (310) 412-5321 or visit www.library.cityofinglewood.org.