DOCUMENTARY AND NEWS

Director & Producer / WAR INK - A Short Film & Digital Series
Writer & Director / EARNING THE TAB - Digital Series
Writer & Director / DIRT MOVERS - US Army
Director & Producer / WHY I JOINED - Army
Director & Producer / SPECIAL FORCES IN EL SALVADOR - Mundo FOX News
Writer & Producer / WOUNDED WARRIORS - Mundo FOX News 
Writer & Producer / EMILY'S BOY - Mundo FOX News

WAR INK

Documentary Short Film & Digital Series

WAR INK | DOCUMENTARY Short Film

Directed by: Rebecca Murga

The War Ink Project is a documentary, digital series, and art exhibit that combines original video, photography, and audio of combat veterans telling their stories through their tattoos.

Over twenty-four veterans from California were interviewed while renowned photographer Johann Wolf  photographed them and their body art. The veterans featured in War Ink connect viewers to their emotional journey with stories of survival, loss, hope, anger and love

Long after the war, the Ink remains.


WAR INK

11 for 11 | An 11-part digital series distributed on WE ARE THE MIGHTY

WAR INK | DIGITAL SERIES

War Ink: 11 for 11, is a digital Series featuring compelling interviews and stunning photographs of eleven post-9/11 veterans who use their tattoos to tell stories from their lives on and off the battlefield.

Below are just a few of the stories in the series. The Full Series is available on wearethemighty.com.

For more information on the project please go to www.warinkproject.com


EARNING THE TAB

Three part digital series distributed on WE ARE THE MIGHTY

EARNING THE TAB | A THREE PART DIGITAL DOCU-SERIES

Directed by: Rebecca Murga

A three-part digital series on one of the first women to graduate from Ranger school.

Major Lisa Jaster, 37, a Reservist from Houston, Texas, received her coveted Ranger Tab after spending 180 days in the combat leadership course that takes 62 days if completed in one attempt.

Jaster was among 19 women who began Ranger School in April as part of an assessment to see how women would fare in the notoriously difficult school. Sixteen women quickly were dropped from the course, but three – Jaster, along with 26 year old Capt. Kristen Griest and 25 year old 1st Lt. Shaye Haver – remained and graduated the school.


AN ARMY RESERVE FILM | DIRT MOVERS

Written and Directed by: Rebecca Murga

Horizontal construction engineers use bulldozers, cranes, graders and other heavy equipment to move tons of earth and material to complete construction projects for the Army, building one of the largest landing strips in California. Theyoperate tractors with dozer attachments, scoop loaders, backhoe loaders, hydraulic excavators, motorized graders and scrapers in order to help train members of the Army and Army Reserve.

This is the story of a few engineers working at Fort Irwin, California


Why i joined | army reserve SOLDIER SERIES

Directed & Produced by: Rebecca Murga

A feature piece and dedication to the New York City police, fire department, and emergency services from the 2013 NCO of the Year produced as part of the Army Reserve Life channel.

"On a trip to New York City, I met a soldier named Sgt. 1st Class Jason J. Manella, the Army NCO of the Year. The more I learned about Manella, the more I liked him. He was the underdog of the NCO of the Year competition, after recovering fromtraumatic brain injury. He was in Afghanistan when his convoy hit an improvised explosive device. During his recovery, he began studying Army manuals to help with his therapy. Meeting him was an honor, but knowing him is humbling." - Rebecca Murga


special forces in el salvador | Mundo Fox news story

Written and Produced by: Rebecca Murga

As the United States shifts its focus from Iraq and Afghanistan to other parts of the globe, this story examines the focus of U.S. Special Forces in Latin American and South American. Producer Rebecca Murga travels to El Salvador to examine the way that  U.S. Special Forces and El Salvadorian Special Forces are working together to train, as they focus on training, combating drug traffickers, and dealing with the growing crime.

"I wanted to examine the collaboration the U.S. has with Latin American and South American. As El Salvador deals with the excessive crime and drug cartels in their country, I am interested to know what the special forces mission is in other counties.” – Rebecca Murga


wounded warriors | Mundo Fox news story

Written and Produced by: Rebecca Murga

The number of American battle wounded has passed 50,000, a grim milestone of more than a decade of war and a reminder of the war's enduring human cost. Producer Rebecca Murga travels to San Antonio, Texas to interview service members wounded in the war, as well as physicians who discuss how the Washington spending cuts impact research and care for soldiers. 

“I believe its important to listen to the life lessons these service members pass on to us, as well as explore why it is important to fund the research and care of those service members.” – Rebecca Murga


Emily's boy | Mundo Fox news story

Written and Produced by: Rebecca Murga

Over 6,840 U.S. service members have been killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. This story follows a day with Emily Cortez, a Puerto-Rican women from the Bronx whose son Issac was killed by a road side bomb in 2007. She recounts the day she was told her son was killed and talks about how she feels about Memorial Day.

"For the longest time I focused on the soldier, on what he or she goes through, and it took me a while to step back and think of what parents go through. Emily is a woman who has been through the horror of losing a child, and still has the courage to talk about that pain to keep the memoriy of Pvt. Isacc Cortez alive. I was so touched I wrote a piece titled 'Memorial Day in the Bronx.'" - Rebecca Murga