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Retrograde directed by Matthew Heineman teaser trailer
Retrograde directed by Matthew Heineman

National Geographic released the teaser trailer for Retrograde, the new documentary from Oscar-nominated and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Matthew Heineman world premiering at the 2022 Telluride Film Festival. The documentary film captures the final nine months of America’s 20-year war in Afghanistan from multiple perspectives and offers a cinematic and historic window onto the end of America’s longest war, and the costs endured for those most intimately involved.

Retrograde tells 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.

First, Heineman documents the shocking, hurried flight of the American soldiers after the withdrawal is announced; then, with astonishing access, Heineman and his crew fearlessly shadow General Sami Sadat, Afghanistan’s young, charismatic military leader. The tragedy unfolds before our eyes, as Sadat struggles to keep his new American-trained army, and his country, from collapsing. In the intensity of its narrative and the beauty of its photography, Retrograde, offers an intimate and deeply human account of the end of the Afghan war, and a clear-eyed, heartbreaking picture of the deadly costs of American foreign policy- especially for the “friends of America” who trusted and needed us.

Watch the teaser trailer for Retrograde.

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