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KAJAKI. The True Story opened in November 2014 to endorsements from Afghanistan veterans for its authenticity, and glowing praise from UK press, earning comparisons to The Hurt Locker, and critical acclaim from Sunday Times, The Guardian and Empire magazine, amongst other top publications.
KAJAKI. The True Story is a tense war thriller directed by Paul Katis and written by Tom Williams, recounting an inspiring but shocking episode in recent British war history. The film depicts an incident involving a group of soldiers, mostly from the British Army’s 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment [3 Para], stationed at the Kajaki Dam in Afghanistan in 2006.
After one member of a three man patrol detonated a land mine, blowing off his leg, his fellow soldiers rushed to his rescue, only to find themselves trapped in an unmarked minefield, a relic of the Russian invasion of the 1980s, knowing that any movement in and out risked certain injury and possible death. Out of this harrowing day came extraordinary tales of bravery, selflessness and heroism, but also tragic consequences, for leader Corporal Mark Wright and his comrades, who risked their own lives to help each other.
The young British cast is led by David Elliot as Corporal Mark Wright, with Mark Stanley, Scott Kyle, Benjamin O’Mahony, Bryan Parry, Liam Ainsworth, Andy Gibbins, John Doughty, Paul Luebke, Thomas Davison, Grant Kilburn, Robert Mitchell, Jon Paul Bell, Malachi Kirby and Ali Cook.
A portion of the profits from the film’s release are benefitting equally four military charities – Help for Heroes, The Royal British Legion, Walking With the Wounded and The Hashemite Commission for Disabled Soldiers.
KAJAKI. The True Story will be screened at FACT on Monday 23 March at 6pm. Tickets are available to book here and must be bought in advance of the screening. There will be no tickets sold at the Box Office on the night of the screening.
Find out more about FACT's work with military veterans as part of our ongoing project Veterans in Practice.