Island Soldier

America ReFramed Season 6
  • Feature Film
  • 2018
  • 89 Mins

Filmed in Kosrae, Micronesia, Island Soldier follows the Nena family as they grieve the loss of their son, Sapuro “Sapp” Nena. His death in Afghanistan makes waves through the community where nearly everyone is connected to the U.S. Military. Known as a "recruiter's paradise," Micronesia, a U.S. territory in the Pacific Ocean, contributes a disproportionate number of soldiers to the American armed forces, who cannot receive benefits. Yet, scores of young men leave their families behind in pursuit of the American Dream.

Island Soldier is a co-production of Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC) with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).

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Film Credits

  • Nathan Fitch Director / Director of Photography / Writer / Producer
  • Bryan Chang Producer / Writer / Editor
  • Fivel Rothberg Producer

Critical Acclaim

An affecting chronicle of gentle lives and quiet outrage.

Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter

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