When Rod Lurie immigrated to the United States at a young age, he was taken by what he saw when he visited The United States Military Academy at West Point for the first time. Beyond the institution, he knew attending West Point would provide a means to pay back the country that welcomed him from abroad. Whether his decision to ultimately go to West Point was right or wrong, Lurie has found that his attendance and graduation from there prepared him very well for the profession he knew he always wanted to go into – that of filmmaking. West Point taught Lurie “never to panic, and there is a solution for everything” – guidance that has served him well as he went from Army officer to film critic, to writer and director of feature films. His latest film is “The Outpost”, released in July 2020, which tells the story of the Battle of Kamdesh and the fight to save Combat Outpost Keating in Nuristan Province, Afghanistan. It’s a moving and intense film, that portrays the battle and the men who fought there in a way most feature films about war fall short of. It’s also a film Lurie poured his heart and soul into, and almost didn’t finish. Hear the complete story on this latest edition of HAZARD GROUND!
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