Island Soldier interweaves the personal stories of Micronesian soldiers serving in the U.S. military, following their journey from the most remote islands in the Pacific to the front lines of war in Afghanistan, and back again. These non-U.S. citizens are fighting in America’s wars – yet they serve, and die, at five times the rate per capita of their American comrades. Through the odyssey of the Nena family of the tiny island of Kosrae, the film humanizes the repercussions of America’s foreign wars, and the changing fabric of a small island nation caught in the tides of international politics, teetering on the brink of economic collapse.
Nathan is a filmmaker and visual journalist based in Brooklyn, New York. He’s currently completing his feature length documentary, Island Soldier. Nathan is a member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective; his award-winning work has been published by The New Yorker, The New York Times, TIME magazine, NPR, and The National Film Board of Canada, to name a few. He holds an MFA in documentary storytelling from Hunter college, where he was the recipient of the prestigious James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. Nathan served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Micronesia, and has an enduring fondness for Breadfruit.