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Documentary Channel

May 02, 2011 12:31 ET

The Television Premieres of Oscar® Nominated "Operation Homecoming" and Journalist Brian Palmer's "Full Disclosure" Pay Tribute to Memorial Day on Documentary Channel™

NASHVILLE, TN--(Marketwire - May 2, 2011) - Documentary Channel(DOC) commemorates U.S. soldiers with a line up of outstanding military themed documentaries in a two-day tribute to Memorial Day on Monday, May 30 and Tuesday, May 31. Never seen before on television, the two-hour theatrical version of "Operation Homecoming" airs Monday, May 30, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT). "Full Disclosure," based on Brian Palmer's experience as an embedded reporter with a Marine battalion in Iraq, airs Tuesday, May 31 at 8 p.m. (ET/PT). Premiering on the fourth Tuesday of the month, "Full Disclosure" is also presented as part of Black Documentary Cinema.

The Oscar® nominated "Operation Homecoming" is a unique documentary that explores the firsthand accounts of American troops through their written words, and offers a profound window into the human side of the war in Iraq.

"Operation Homecoming" evolved out of a National Endowment for the Arts project that gathered the writing of soldiers and their families who have participated in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Interviews and dramatic readings by such actors as Robert Duvall, Josh Lucas, Beau Bridges, Blaire Underwood and Justin Kirk transform selections from this collection of writing into a deep examination of the experiences of the men and women who are serving in America's armed forces.

"We are proud to present this Oscar-nominated US television premiere of the feature length 'Operation Homecoming' that commemorates our soldiers by communicating their experience," says James Ackerman, President and CEO of Documentary Channel.

"The thing that I came to feel most strongly about in terms of the role of the film was to try and build this bridge between regular Americans who are not connected to the men and women who serve, and the men and women who serve and their families," muses Richard Robbins, director of "Operation Homecoming." "We have an obligation to care. I'm thrilled that the film is showing on Memorial Day, because I think we all need to be cognizant and engaged in the people who serve our country."

Journalist Brian Palmer followed dozens of missions of the First Battalion/Second Marine Regiment during two of their deployments in Iraq. Tuesday's "Full Disclosure" documents the consequences of the unit's actions for both Americans and Iraqis. Footage shot on patrols and missions with rank-and-file Marines forms the bulk of the documentary, but it also reaches into the present through interviews at home with one Marine who suffers serious physical and emotional damage from his experience in Iraq. "'Full Disclosure' is a cautionary tale for all Americans about the hidden but very real consequences of war," says filmmaker Palmer.

Other Memorial Day programs:

Monday, May 30
10:00 a.m. "My War, My Story" -- Eighteen men and women talk about the war in Iraq.

11:30 a.m. "The Negro Soldier" -- A look at the experiences of African Americans serving in the U.S. military.

12:30 "Who Will Stand" -- This documentary covers the plights of more than a dozen soldiers who have returned from war either physically or psychologically wounded.

2:30 p.m. "Battle of Midway" -- John Ford's classic film recounts the story of a large Japanese force attempting to capture Midway Island in the North Pacific.

4:00 p.m. "Iwo Jima: 50 years of Memories" -- The story of Iwo Jima told entirely through the voices of American servicemen who survived this brutal operation.

6:30 p.m. "Body of War" -- The story of an injured American veteran returning home from Iraq set against the backdrop of a critical indictment of the government's handling of the U.S. invasion.

8 p.m. "Operation Homecoming"

10 p.m. "Wherever Brave Men Fight" -- Narrated by Vic Morrow, this film chronicles the development of combat techniques from the American soldier of two centuries ago to the highly skilled fighting man of today.

11 p.m. "Operation Homecoming" -- encore

1 a.m. "Wherever Brave Men Fight" -- encore

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