Haskell Making Documentary on War

Mississippi native, Sam Haskell, one of the most influential people in television during the last quarter century, says his documentary about the war in Afghanistan has been life-changing.

He mentioned the project a month ago when he addressed the EMBDC's annual meeting and promised to return after his trip. Haskell spoke to the Meridian Rotary Club and Newscenter 11 about his latest project.

"I realized for the first time that this is not a political war. It is a war about freedom," Haskell said.

The former worldwide head of television for the William Morris Agency recently spent two weeks in Afghanistan.

"I believe that we saw something there that you don't hear reported about," said Haskell.

Haskell traveled to the war zone with six Miss America winners and contestants to shoot footage for a one-hour documentary.

"I hope that we can open people's eyes to what's going on there and help people realize that most of the young men and women that are serving our country really and truly want to be there," said Haskell.

He's currently touring the nation promoting his best-selling book, "Promises I Made My Mother". Haskell said he cherishes all his achievements but feels he's learned the most from working on the documentary.

"It doesn't matter if you are conservative or liberal or centrist, everyone needs to have an opinion and we're going to have several diverse opinions on what we saw and what we experienced there," Haskell said.

Haskell's documentary on the war in Afghanistan is expected to air on cable later this year or early next year.

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