Army of One

In the wake of 9/11 three young people join the US army, seeking direction in their lives. They discover that unless they conform fully to the army values, their personal issues are only magnified within the military. What unfolds is an intimate and heartbreaking account of their two-year wayward journeys. In stark contrast to the portraits of willing patriotic soldiers that America sells at home and abroad, these recruits' stories reveal the more realistic, troubled conflict of American youth trapped within a military mission much larger than themselves.

Army of One is a social commentary on American youth fed on television idols. They are searching for an instant identity because they don’t know who they are. The army, with its slick ad campaigns, seems like an attractive answer, but can become a devastating trap.

2003 / Canada / Colour / English / 1.78 anamorphic presentation / Dolby Digital 2.0 / 70 minutes

Director: Sarah Goodman

"Riveting" - Variety

"Contains truly eye-opening moments" - Christian Science Monitor

"Army of One should become required viewing for all troubled youth, their uncertain parents, the military establishment and their detractors or supporters." - James Wegg, Film Threat

  • Official Selection - 2004 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival
  • Winner - Best Canadian Documentary - 2004 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival


  • Feature commentary with director Sarah Goodman
  • Where Are They Now?

Product Number: KNS 50210

UPC Number: 8-81751-50210-0