Editor's note: Military Times will spotlight a group of GI Film Festival selections regularly in the run-up to the festival.
The Category: Remembrance
The Films: "Charlie & Sam," "Ghostly Assemblage," "The Liberation of Kuwait" and "The 30th of May."
The Breakdown: As the GI Film Festival closes on the day before Memorial Day, four films will pay different types of tributes to service members that span multiple conflicts, multiple regions and multiple types of service. From aging World War II battle buddies to regional heroes to young cadets who would never see combat, all are remembered in their own ways.
- "Charlie & Sam" travels with a World War II naval aviator well into his 90s as he reunites with a fellow veteran for the first time since their days in uniform.
- "Ghostly Assemblage" offers a window into the mourning process, and the unity, of cadets at the U.S. Military Academy. The film is senior West Point cadet Austin Lachance's second of the festival, alongside "Child's Play."
- "The Liberation of Kuwait" revisits the decisive, U.S.-led response to Saddam Hussein's invasion of his neighbor in 1990.
- "The 30th of May" follows Mississippi and Louisiana residents as they participate in a little-known memorial ceremony passed down through the generations since the Civil War.
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