By Amy Grief

Gordon Henderson thought he was getting a little too old to be embedded with soldiers in Afghanistan. It was 2006 and the documentary filmmaker was touring with the Royal Canadian Regiment Charles Company Eight Platoon as they guarded the construction of a new road. The men bossing him around were younger than his youngest daughter. But when fighting flared up as they were asleep in the trenches, Henderson was thrilled to be in the middle of the action. I’ve got my film now, he thought. The Taliban are shooting at us. This is fantastic! He returned home with hours of footage for The Crazy Eights, which would later premiere on CBC, and a black grenade case filled with chess pieces whittled from bullet casings—a gift from one of the members of the platoon.

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Amy is an online handling editor on the 2014-2015 masthead.