Turncoat Warrior is a feature-length documentary with animated sequences about war deserters of western armies, the image of the soldier in 21st century and the question, whether there exists a universal right for soldiers to resist war.
The film poses questions about what moves people who voluntarily and consciously joined the army, decided to fight for their country, but later resist participation in a war and fight against their own governments politics.
The film focuses on war deserters in the United States of America, Israel and the British army as well as deserters from the German Wehrmacht. While their social, cultural and private backgrounds couldn’t be more diverse, they all have the same aim and are fighting for the same goal – the legalisation of soldiers’ rights to resist a war. They oppose war in general and work towards a dialogue with people from the countries that they have helped to oppress.
In addition we will meet experts from different areas of science, history and philosophy as well as peace activists and military staff.
Turncoat Warrior will not be a conventional documentary portrait but a philosophical feature about military traditions in the UK, US, Israel and Germany and how differently each society deals with their war resisters. We will also try to shed light on the dissent between western humanitarian self discretion and the radical functionalism of human resources in modern warfare. The central question is not so much what war does to a soldier’s mind but what it does to their moral awareness.