SEMPER FI: ALWAYS FAITHFUL (USA, 2011, 75 min.)
As a Marine Corps Master Sergeant, Jerry Ensminger lived and breathed the “Corps” and was responsible for indoctrinating thousands of new recruits with its motto, “Semper Fidelis,” or “Always Faithful.” When Jerry’s nine-year old daughter Janey died of a rare type of leukemia, his world collapsed. As a grief-stricken father, he struggled for years to make sense of what happened. His search for answers led to the shocking discovery of a Marine Corps cover-up of one of the largest water contamination incidents in U.S. history. The film follows Jerry’s mission to expose the Marine Corps and force it to live up to its motto to the thousands of soldiers and their families exposed to toxic chemicals. His fight reveals a grave injustice at North Carolina’s Camp Lejeune and a looming environmental crisis at military sites across the country. Directed and produced by Rachel Libert and Tony Hardmon. Winner, Best Editing – Documentary Award, Tribeca Film Festival. Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival, 2011.