Documentary In The Works Chronicling Military's Search For Bowe Bergdahl

Oct 20, 2017

A military media outlet and a production company are planning a documentary examining the military's search for Bowe Bergdahl.
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Sentencing for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl begins Monday, October 23. The Hailey native pleaded guilty to charges of misbehavior before the enemy and desertion. In the wake of Bergdahl’s plea, soldiers involved in the manhunt for him are coming forward to tell their side of the story.

Bergdahl was taken prisoner by the Taliban after he walked away from his post in Afghanistan in 2009. He was held captive for 1,797 days – nearly five years – before being freed in a prisoner exchange in May 2014.

The search for Bergdahl was one of the largest undertaken in U.S. military history.

Deadline reports Blumhouse Television and a media outlet geared toward the military are planning a documentary chronicling the attempt to locate Bergdahl.

Veteran Robert Ham is slated to direct the documentary. The Emmy-winner and combat filmmaker was assigned to Berdahl's unit and witnessed firsthand the initial efforts to find the missing soldier. Ham says it’s time for the searchers who still looked for Bergdahl despite knowing he intentionally walked away to offer their perspective. A film from the creators of The Hurt Locker chronicling Bergdahl is also in the works.

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