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By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Wartime docu can be grim but possibly inspiring to teens.

Movie NR 2014 89 minutes
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Although this sobering film follows four E-Team activists, the sole woman profiled, Anya, is arguably the most fascinating. Not only because she's a woman, but also because she's a mother -- and pregnant with her second child for the majority of the shoot. The fact that she hardly lets that stop her from doing gravely important work is both impressive and inspiring and sends a strong message that it's possible to balance your passions and parenting in the same lifetime.

Directed by Katy Chevigny and Ross Kauffman (the acclaimed filmmakers behind Deadline and Born into Brothels, respectively), E-Team premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it nabbed an award for cinematography before Netflix stepped in to distribute it. Not that the masses will flock to this sobering look at combating wartime atrocities in the Middle East. But partnering with the online-streaming giant might be just the thing E-Team needs to ensure the film reaches the wider audience it deserves.

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