A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Individual actions can bring about positive change and lead to justice. Teamwork, courage, and passion are important.
Positive Role Models
The team members are courageous and passionate for peace, risking their own lives to make sure the stories of the fallen -- especially children -- are never forgotten.
Violence & Scariness
Violence is described in detail, from mass graves and charred bodies to children's corpses. Occasional blood, but typically not visually graphic. Footage includes armed soldiers and bombings.
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"F--k" and "s--t" rarely.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some characters smoke cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that E-Team chronicles the work of four peace activists working with the Human Rights Watch's Emergencies Team, who are investigating reports of wartime atrocities in Syria and Libya. Scores of violent acts are described in detail -- from burning bodies to children's murders -- but far less is shown on-screen, with occasional footage capturing dead bodies or blood. You'll hear one or two instances of strong, unbleeped language ("f--k," "s--t") and see some characters smoking cigarettes. Themes will be harder for younger viewers to tolerate than the images, but mature teens might find this window onto this world inspiring and moving. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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