Last night members of the Help for Heroes Band of Brothers joined guests at the world premiere of KAJAKI. The True Story in Leicester Square, London.
It's a harrowing but powerful and inspiring depiction of an incident involving a group of soldiers who were trapped in a minefield in Afghanistan in 2006.
A small unit of soldiers is dug into a ridge overlooking the dam. A three man patrol sets out to disable a Taliban roadblock. In a dried out river bed at the foot of the ridge, one of the patrol detonates a land mine, blowing off his leg and setting in motion a desperate rescue mission. His fellow soldiers come to his aid, only to find themselves trapped in an unmarked minefield, a relic of the Russian invasion of the 1980s. With no way out, any movement risks certain injury and possible death. Out of this harrowing day came extraordinary tales of bravery, selflessness and heroism, but also tragic consequences, for leader Corporal Mark Wright and his comrades, who risked their own lives to help each other.
Director and Producer Paul Katis: “There has not been a war movie depicting British soldiers in true events from any conflict since the Second World War seventy years ago. We set out to rectify that with a film that depicts the experiences of soldiers in Afghanistan as they themselves remember. The film is an honest and genuine retelling of an unbelievable true story that sets your pulse racing. It is also a heartfelt tribute to the young men who risk everything for us.”
Bryn Parry, Co-Founder and CEO, Help for Heroes: "This is a significant British film. It’s an honest depiction of the experience of our Armed Forces in Afghanistan and shows the public what they went through. Over 220,000 served in Iraq and Afghanistan and it’s important that they, and all veterans from past and future conflicts know that Help for Heroes is here for them and their families, whenever they need us."
KAJAKI. The True Story goes on general release in Vue Cinemas from 28 November
All revenue from ticket sales for the Premiere and pre-release screenings, and a portion of the profits from the film’s subsequent release, will benefit equally four military charities including Help for Heroes.
For more information go to kajakimovie.com
Help and Guidance:
If you are affected by the subject matter in the film, we recommend you contact one of the following organisations:
Help for Heroes Hidden Wounds 01980 844 300 (Monday - Friday 0900 - 1700) or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are a veteran or family of a Serving member of the Armed Forces.
Forces Line 0800 7314880 (Monday – Friday 10.30 – 19.30)
Free and 100% confidential helpline that provides a supportive, listening and signposting service for serving personnel, former members of the Armed Forces and their families.
Samaritans 0845 7909090 ROI 1850 609090. (available 24 hours)
Available 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts.
Combat Stress 0800138 1619 (available 24 hours)
Confidential and safe help and advice about Service-related mental health issues for the whole military community.