Fighting for Life & A Time Out of War

Director Terry Sanders’s Oscar-winning 1954 short, A Time Out Of War, is followed by his newest feature documentary Fighting for Life. The first is based on the Robert W. Chambers story, Pickets, about Civil War soldiers on two sides of a river who decide to call a cease-fire for a few hours—creating a “time out of war.” Called “the most powerful argument against war ever filmed,” by the London Evening News, the film is included in the holdings of the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. A real-life M*A*S*H for our times, Fighting for Life follows the stories of three groups of military personnel as they serve in the Iraq War; doctors and nurses fighting on the frontlines; wounded soldiers and marines in recovery; and students at West Point as they embark on their career as military physicians.

Join Terry Sanders in person for a post-screening Q&A. 


Public programs are made possible, in part, by major gifts from the Annenberg Foundation, Ann and Jerry Moss, and Mimi and Werner Wolfen. Additional support is provided by Laura Donnelley, Bronya and Andrew Galef, Erika Glazer, an anonymous donor, and the Hammer Programs Committee. Hammer Lectures are supported, in part, by the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation.