SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - It's a side of war you don't normally see.
"The Hornet's Nest" shows the war on Afghanistan through the eyes of award-winning journalist Mike Boettcher and his son, Carlos.
They embedded themselves and their cameras with a group of soldiers, one that Cal Poly Senior Military Instructor Tim Malmin was a part of.
"I get goosebumps when I watch the film," said MSG Tilm Malmin. "But I also get pride in 'hey, I was a part of this.'"
Tim has served in the Army for the past 22 years, with three tours overseas. He says this film shows a real glimpse of what life is really like on the front lines.
"It's real footage," said Tim. "It's American soldiers and marines fighting in Afghanistan. It's not necessarily what they go through on a day-to-day basis, but he captures more of the brutal stuff of what combat really is about."
Although the documentary was filmed nearly three years ago, when Tim watched it, it brought back that sense of brotherhood he felt when he was there.
"It's a feeling that you're never going to get unless you experience combat with another person." said Tim. "Going through a hard time with someone that is going through the same hard time, that's really going to build that brotherhood...I'm not telling you 'hey, i'm going to risk my life for you,' but when it comes down to it, I will."
The film has been featured in several screenings around the country and this week will be featured at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
"If you have a connection to the military whatsover...whether you're a father, Gold Star family member...whatever it might be...whether you witness it first-hand, it tears at your heart seeing the loss that these guys gave for their country." said Tim.
"The Hornet's Nest is playing at Cal Poly Tuesday night at 6:30pm at Spanos Theatre. Tickets are free, but the College recommends that you come early for a good seat.
For more information, visit the film's website: http://thehornetsnestmovie.com/