Behenna Story Told In New Documentary Film
The story of imprisoned 1st Lt. Michael Behenna of Edmond hits the big screen in Oklahoma City this Saturday.
Behenna's parents, Vicki and Scott Behenna, have advised their son's supporters that the film will be shown during this weekennd's "deadCenter Film Festival."
Behenna is serving a 15-year sentence in the death of an al Qaida operative in Iraq; his trial was marked by the withholding of evidence favorable to him and appeals have been underway for two years.
Wrote the Behennas: "For the last two years many people have worked tirelessly to obtain a new trial for our son 1LT Michael Behenna.
"The fight for justice continues and the chorus demanding Michael’s freedom is getting louder with each passing day.
"Michael Wilkerson has created a powerful hour-long documentary about our son Michael and his platoon entitled Purple Hearts: A Requim For Mad Dog 5.
"The story is narrated by academy award winner Jeremy Irons and told through the eyes of the soldiers of 5th platoon, our family, and the experts who analyzed the forensic evidence.
"The documentary is an emotionally compelling story detailing the journey of 5th platoon beginning at its inception, the IED attack that killed two of Michael’s soldiers, the capture and detention of Ali Mansur, his release and Michael’s decision to interrogate Mansur, the shooting, and ultimately the trial.
"Purple Hearts will debut at the deadCENTER film Festival on Saturday, June 11 at 1PM in the Kerr Auditorium located in the Sandridge Energy Building at 123 Robert S. Kerr Ave in downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. More can be read about the documentary and how to get tickets at this link: http://deadcenter.slated.com/2011/films/purpleheartsrequiemformaddog5_michaelwilkerson_deadcenter2011.