Army of One

Director Sarah Goodman
Genre Documentary
Runtime 70 minutes
Country of Origin Canada
Language English
Supplier Sarah Goodman
Festivals/Awards Best Canadian Feature Documentary Award - Hot Docs Film Festival 2004
Release Date In theatres on July 20, 2010
DVD/Blu-ray available on July 20, 2010


In the wake of 9/11 three young people join the US army, seeking direction in their lives. They discover that unless they conform fully to the army values, their personal issues are only magnified within the military. What unfolds is an intimate and heartbreaking account of their two-year wayward journeys. In stark contrast to the portraits of willing patriotic soldiers that America sells at home and abroad, these recruits' stories reveal the more realistic, troubled conflict of American youth trapped within a military mission much larger than themselves.

Army of One is a social commentary on American youth fed on television idols. They are searching for an instant identity because they don’t know who they are. The army, with its slick ad campaigns, seems like an attractive answer, but can become a devastating trap.

Press & Articles

“Army Recruits Find Out How Much They Can Be” - The New York Times

“Cdn filmmaker makes documentary about U.S. army” - CTV News

“'Army of One' Review” - Film Threat

“'Army of One' Review: NNNN” - NOW Magazine

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