Due to demand festival adds third showing of Combat Engineer documentary

The bold and touching documentary about Combat Engineers part of 1 RCR Battle Group in Afghanistan, “Clearing the Way,” is taking the Kingston Canadian Film Festival by storm.

Originally set to be screened on Saturday, March 3 and Sunday, March 4 only, the Festival decided to add a third screening because of its increasing popularity. Since the Saturday and Sunday screenings have all been sold out, a third screening day has been set for Friday, March 2.

Clearing the Way is based on the book written by Col. (ret’d) Mark Gasparotto that tells the tale of 23 Field Squadron, Canadian Combat Engineers who were deployed to Afghanistan from Aug. 2006 to Feb. 2007. The Squadron was responsible for taming the area saturated with improvised explosive devices.

The documentary features first-hand accounts and footage from the Canadian soldiers who contributed to these efforts in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

The documentary is directed by Paul Culliton who also produced the award-winning documentary If I Should Fall: A True Story of the Afghan War Experience.

Culliton and several cast members will attend Friday’s screening and will be available after for a Q&A session.

Friday’s screening of Clearing the Way will take place at 2:10 p.m. at The Screening Room Theatre 120 Princess Street. To purchase tickets visit the Kingston Canadian Film Festival website .

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Mishall Rehman

Originally from Atlanta, GA, Mishall is a freelance journalist pursuing her passion for writing in her new homeland Canada. She currently lives in Trenton, ON with her husband.

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