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photo Left In Baghdad
By Peter Jordan and John Kane

After losing his left arm to an IED while serving in Iraq, American soldier Ross Graydon spends six months rehabilitating at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Left in Baghdad follows Ross as he returns with his wife and daughter to their home in Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. Ross resumes civilian life, never letting his new physical limitations affect his happy-go-lucky attitude.

We see Ross outfitted with a new lifelike prosthetic arm, recounting his army experiences with his daughter’s school class and with fellow veterans, experiencing newfound victories like learning to maneuver a slice of pizza with a mechanical hand and optimistically planning for the future by enrolling in college. Both tragic and comic, Left in Baghdad is the portrait of a family man meeting the challenges of his new life.

12 minutes
© 2007
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Awards & Conference Screenings
DocPoint, Helsinki Documentary Film Festival, 2010
Silverdocs, 2008
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, 2008
Cine Golden Eagle, Winner, 2008
Aspen Shorts Fest, 2008
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, 2008
Durango Independent Film Festival, 2008
Dam Short Film Festival, 2008
Jihlava International Documentary Festival, Czech Republic, 2008
International Student Film Festival, Tel Aviv, 2008
Best of Rooftop Films, 2008
Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films, Best Student Documentary, 2007
Student Academy Awards, National Finalist, 2007
Angelus Student Film Festival, Semifinalist, 2007
San Francisco International Festival of Short Films, 2007
Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, 2007
Mill Valley Film Festival, 2007
NextFrame, Finalist, 2007

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