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Lost in Translation


When a Filipino interpreter commited suicide just three days after starting a new job with US Troops in the Philippines, his family's quest for answers galvanized a small but simmering anti-military movement. Through intimate interviews with the man's family and friends, and using dozens of documents released by the US Army in response to Freedom of Information Act requests, this story reconstructs the final days of this man's life, examines the mystery surrounding his death, and considers its impact on a region that is being profoundly shaped by militarization.

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