From Oscar and 16-time Emmy-winning Arnold Shapiro Productions…For the men who fought perhaps the fiercest battle of WWII, 70 years have passed. But the memories of those 36 bloody days on Iwo Jima have not. In the spring of 2015, survivors from both sides of the battle returned for the last time to join a Reunion of Honor - a unique, now-peaceful fellowship first forged of fire and bullets. IWO JIMA: From Combat to Comrades takes viewers inside riveting dual stories: the iconic battle and this historic reunion as former warriors set foot together on the black sands of Iwo Jima. Their unforgettable journey was documented by two film crews. The American unit followed three US survivors while the Japanese crew documented the only Japanese survivor able make the arduous trip to Iwo Jima. The captivating film travels back in time to 1945 when these men first met. 90,000 combatants on an eight-square mile island. A dot in the Pacific Ocean just 650 miles from Tokyo. 28,000 men died either defending or taking this rock. Now, in 2015, men who lost so much make the emotional pilgrimage back to face the defining moment of their lives.
Spike Lee's World War II film Miracle at St. Anna begins in 1983 with Hector Negron, a veteran of that war, unexpectedly shooting a customer dead. Police discover that the suspect, a quiet postal worker, kept a statue head worth millions of dollars in his apartment. An eager young reporter (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) interviews Negron in his cell about the mysterious artifact. While serving in the all-minority 92nd "Buffalo Soldier" Division, Negron and three comrades managed to sneak deep into enemy territory in Italy. One of the men, Sam Train (Omar Benson Miller), picked the head up while they were serving in Florence and believes it brings him good luck. Negron (Laz Alonso), Train, and Bishop Cummings (Michael Ealy), along with their sergeant, Aubrey Stamps (Derek Luke), take refuge in the Italian village of St. Anna, harbored by locals who are resisting the Nazis – who themselves surround the area. Train also protects an injured Italian boy he discovers while investigating a seemingly abandoned dwelling.