'Father Soldier Son' Preview: True story of third-generation soldier Brian Eisch's sacrifice for America
The family is documented for almost a decade and we see how they cope with loss and deal with the consequences of war every day
'Father Soldier Son' is an American military documentary that chronicles the life of Sgt First Class Brian Eisch after he is critically wounded in Afghanistan. Grave injuries come with intense challenges for the individuals and the families they go home to. War is a sensitive topic, especially in the wake of the current civil events America is experiencing. This documentary attempts to bring the consequences of military responsibilities to light as we see how a family recovers after experiencing trauma.
We speculate that the documentary directed by Catrin Einhorn and Leslye Davis will take us into the crux of how Eisch heals with his family around him and how returning home comes with challenges that he has to overcome. All homecomings are quite emotional and families have to deal with how much their loved one has changed since they last saw them. It is always a story of love and support and how families help their loved one build from the ground up. The documentary had first aired on April 15, 2020, at the Tribeca Film Festival, and will premiere on Netflix this June. The documentary is a decade in the making as we follow the true story of the Eisch family as they abide by their duties with many sacrifices. We can expect to see the personal challenges the family fought through as a father returns from war. It begs the question of awareness — war not only affects the soldier on duty but also the family he or she leaves behind while they are off fulfilling their obligation and promise to serve their country on the frontlines.
We will see how the family copes with loss and change and how many around the world deal with the pain and consequences of war every day. A glimpse into the reality of duty and sacrifice and how these brave men and women don't question their obligations and cope with the aftermath.
Tribeca Film Festivals' official synopsis reads: "Isaac and Joey have a superhero for a father. They worship their Dad, Brian Eisch, a decorated, third-generation soldier who recently returned from deployment in Afghanistan. When Brian is injured and returns home a different man, all three must reconcile with the aftershocks of war. As Brian fights to retain control of himself and his loved ones, fate continues to challenge his belief in justice and self-determination. Catrin Einhorn and Leslye Davis’s stunning ethnographic study of American masculinity and generational tragedy follows the Eischs for close to a decade as their intense father-son bond is challenged time and time again. Davis’s restrained and beautiful cinematography subtly captures moments of raw anguish and unadulterated joy. This deeply moving portrait of a family called to serve explores the meaning of sacrifice, the need for purpose, and the challenges of being a father, a soldier, and a son."
Catch 'Father Soldier Son' on June 19, 2020, on Netflix.