The Kill Team

When a young soldier attempts to alert the military to war crimes his fellow soldiers have committed, his pleas go unheeded. Weeks later, he makes a decision that will change his life forever.

The Kill Team goes behind closed doors to tell the riveting story of Specialist Adam Winfield, a 21-year-old infantryman in Afghanistan who attempted with the help of his father to alert the military to heinous war crimes his platoon was committing. Tragically, his father’s pleas for help went unheeded. Once Adam’s fellow soldiers got wind of what he’d done, they threatened to silence him –permanently. Forced to choose between his conscience and his own survival, Adam found himself drawn into a moral abyss, faced with a split-second decision that would change his life forever.With extraordinary access to the key individuals involved in the case – including Adam, his passionately supportive parents, and his startlingly candid compatriots — The Kill Team is an intimate look at the personal stories so often lost inside the larger coverage of the longest war in US history. The Kill Team had its world premiere at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival where it won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Feature. It went on to win the Truer than Fiction Independent Spirit Award and was nominated for a Director’s Guild of America award for best documentary.



"An essential film no matter what your political convictions."

David Edelstein, New York Magazine

"Chilling, Concise, and Clear-Eyed"

Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times

"Soberly executed and highly principled documentary filmmaking"

Andrew O'hehir, Salon

"Must-see viewing"

Ronnie Scheib, Variety

"Devastating...a formidable contender"

Stephen Holden, The New York Times

"Has the kind of urgent intimacy that characterizes the bestsuch non-fiction films...astonishing"

Ian Bailey, The Globe and Mail

"Hits all the right buttons: political injustice, moral outrage, andemotional catharsis"

Anthony Kaufman, Indiewire

"The most daring documentary of the year so far...a stunning, powerful film that boldly complicates the conversation around America’s wars"

Daniel Walber, Film School Rejects

Premieres & Awards

World Premiere and Winner Best Documentary Feature

2013 Tribeca Film Festival

Winner Golden Gate Award

2013 San Francisco International Film Festival

Official Selection

AFI Docs 2013

Official Selection

Hot Docs 2013


Truer Than Fiction Independent Spirit Award 2015


2015 Director’s Guild of America 2015

Winner Top 5 Documentaries

National Board of Review


2015 Academy Awards