The Kill Team (2013 film)

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The Kill Team
The Kill Team
The Kill Team 2013 documentary film
Directed byDan Krauss
Produced byLinda Davis, Julie Goldman, Deborah Hoffmann, Dan Krauss
Music byJustin Melland
CinematographyDan Krauss
Edited byLawrence Lerew
Distributed by
Release date
  • April 26, 2013 (2013-04-26) (Tribeca Film Festival)
  • July 25, 2014 (2014-07-25) (United States theatrical)
Running time
79 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Kill Team is a documentary film about the Maywand District murders during the War in Afghanistan. The film won first place in the category of Best Documentary Feature at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival.[1][2][3]


This documentary exposes the stresses and aggressions of soldiers at war, in which a few are driven by boredom, anger, hatred, social pressure, or sociopathy to commit war crimes. Private Adam Winfield was a 21-year-old soldier in Afghanistan when he attempted with the help of his father to alert the military to the murders his platoon was committing. But Winfield's pleas went unheeded. Pressured by threats to his life from his superior and other members of his unit, Winfield was drawn into a moral abyss and forced to make a split-second decision that changed his life forever. The film follows him and his family through wartime events and the legal proceedings that followed, interspersed with interviews of the soldiers in his platoon and photos and video footage from Afghanistan.


  1. ^ O'Hehir, Andrew (24 July 2014). ""The Kill Team": When U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan became trophy hunters". Salon. Archived from the original on 29 July 2014. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  2. ^ Manohla, Dargis (24 July 2014). "5 Soldiers, 3 Afghans and Grisly Atrocities". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 29 July 2014. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  3. ^ Cipriani, Casey (15 May 2014). "Watch: New Trailer For Tribeca Winning Documentary 'The Kill Team'". IndieWire. Retrieved 29 July 2014.

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