- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 20, 2012

Special operations war fighters will be in the spotlight during the GI Film Festival on Sunday evening, when a documentary on their initial push into Afghanistan in 2001 debuts.

The 17-minute film “Horse Soldiers of 9/11” features interviews with U.S. commandos who rode into Afghanistan on horseback and fought side by side with an Afghan rebel faction to root out the Taliban after the Sept. 11 attacks.

The documentary also highlights sculptor Douwe Blumberg, who was commissioned by a group of Wall Street bankers to create a memorial to the special operations mission that has been placed near ground zero.

“Americans have a right to try to understand a little bit of the hard work and sacrifice that’s going on, on their behalf, in places they have never even heard about,” said reporter Alex Quade, the film’s director, who spent five years contacting and interviewing the commandos.

“Horse Soldiers of 9/11” will premiere at 6:45 p.m. Sunday at the Naval Heritage Center in Washington.