|Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience|
|Director||Richard E. Robbins|
|Starring||Robert Duvall, Beau Bridges, Aaron Eckheart|
|80th Academy Awards|
Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience is a 2007 American documentary film directed by Richard E. Robbins, which portrays the lives and experiences of American combat soldiers who have been to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
Eleven written items from the anthology "Operation Homecoming: Iraq, Afghanistan and the Home Front" (ed. Andrew Carroll, Random House 2006) are presented using a variety of novel cinematic techniques. Each selection is chosen from the book's dozens of narratives, which were written not only by soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines but also by family members affected by combat deployments to the Middle East. The film's discrete sequences are synched with voice overs that are read from the writers' original work by a cadre of distinguished actors. The narrative presentations are interspersed with discussions by writers from the project and disquisitions on the nature and profundity of war writing by renowned writers who are themselves veterans of previous conflicts.