Semper Fi: Always Faithful

    • Rachel Libert, Tony Hardmon
    • United States
    • 2011
    • 76 min
    • International Premiere
    • IDFA Competition for Green Screen Documentary
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    The motto of the American Marine Corps is "Semper Fi," or "Always Faithful." But is this credo being lived up to? Veteran Master Sergeant Jerry Esminger lived for many years on Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina, one of the largest Marine Corps bases in the United States. When his small daughter died of leukemia in the 1980s, it first appeared to be a terrible twist of fate. But later, Esminger discovered that chemicals had been seeping into the drinking water at Camp Lejeune for years, and that many other people had lost children or had been stricken with rare forms of cancer. He decides to seek compensation from his former employer, but stumbles upon an unprecedented cover-up. In a style worthy of Erin Brockovich, Esminger puts all his energy into getting to the bottom of one of the biggest water pollution scandals in American history. Over a period of three years, we follow him and others who have suffered, as he attempts to get the military organization that he faithfully served for 25 years to take responsibility. Directors Rachel Libert and Tony Hardmon show the resolute determination of Esminger and his small band of comrades, as well as the high price that they pay.

    Credits

    • 76 min
    • color
    • video
    • Spoken languages: English
    • Subtitles in: English
    Director
    Rachel Libert, Tony Hardmon
    Production
    Rachel Libert for Tied to the Tracks Films, Inc., Tony Hardmon, Todd Wider, Jedd Wider
    Executive producer
    Wendy Ettinger for Chicken & Egg Pictures, Judith Helfand for Chicken & Egg Pictures, Julie Parker Benello for Chicken & Egg Pictures
    Cinematography
    Tony Hardmon
    Editing
    Purcell Carson
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    IDFA history

    2011
    International Premiere
    IDFA Competition for Green Screen Documentary

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