SOURCE: MHz Networks

May 27, 2005 10:49 ET

Original Documentary Features One Marine's Story From Behind the Lines in Iraq

World Premiere Wednesday, June 1 at 8:30 PM on MHz NETWORKS

FALLS CHURCH, VA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 27, 2005 -- A 17-year-old farm boy from Maine joins the U.S. Marine Corps. His mother signs the papers that allow her under-aged son to join the military. Both Chris Perkins and his mother know without question that Chris will serve in Iraq. Eighteen months later Chris Perkins, now a man, returns home to Maine.

"Nothing for Granted: A Marine's Journey" is the story of Chris Perkins' transformation through the crucible of the U.S. Marine Corps and the test of fire of the war in Iraq. It is the story of the toll that war takes on a family. And it is the story of every boy who has ever gone away to war, and of every mother who prayed for his return.

"Nothing for Granted: A Marine's Journey" airs Wednesday, June 1 at 8:30 pm on MHz.

This 30-minute documentary was shot by independent journalist Bill Gentile, who spent part of December 2004 and January 2005 with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24thMEU) in Iraq. Also a journalism professor at American University, Gentile has covered numerous conflicts since 1979, from the Sandinista Revolution in Nicaragua to the Persian Gulf War in 1990-91.

"I went to Iraq because I wanted to say something about the nameless faces that flash across our television screens on the evening news," Gentile said of the documentary. "I wanted to help explain who the men and women we have fighting in Iraq really are. And I think we have achieved that."

The documentary is a partnership between American University's School of Communication and MHz NETWORKS. Professor Bill Gentile and a team of student filmmakers worked with MHz Producer Debbie Mintz Brodsky and Editor Kathryn Karnell at the public television network's post-production facilities in Falls Church, VA, to create this original film.

MHz NETWORKS (MHz and MHz2) is an independent, noncommercial television broadcaster delivering international, educational and arts programming. MHz provides diverse cultural perspectives for a globally minded audience. Serving the Washington, DC area's 4.9 million residents, MHz NETWORKS features programs from around the world on air and online in more than 20 different languages. MHz has studio facilities in Falls Church, VA, and at Washington, DC's Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. For more information, visit

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