Against All Enemies – Director Charlie Sadoff

Why would US military veterans take up arms against the country they swore an oath to protect? Through gripping  personal perspectives from all sides of this ongoing crisis, Charlie Sadoff’s AGAINST ALL ENEMIES goes deep inside the violent extremist movement in America, alongside the Proud Boys, 3 Percenters, and with never-before-seen footage of the Oath Keepers. These groups, organized and led by highly trained military veterans, pose one of the greatest threats to the United States today. While most veterans are successful in their transition to civilian life, an increasingly radicalized element is drawn to the insurrectionist movement. We saw evidence of this during the January 6 Capitol riots, but the danger goes far beyond a single day. AGAINST ALL ENEMIES explores the historical roots of the insurrectionist cause, its powerful draw for today’s veterans, and the top-cover being provided by highly decorated former military officers and political leaders. AGAINST ALL ENEMIES is both a warning about an existential threat to our democracy, and a beacon for those hoping to combat it. Director Charlie Sadoff joins us for a conversation on why he and his production team of Kenneth Harbaugh, Dan Barkuff and Sebastian Junger decided to pull back the curtain on the extremist who have taken over much of the Republican Party, and the movements foot soldiers like Michael Flynn, Eric “General E” Braden, Stewart Rhodes, and disgraced former President Donald Trump hell bent to shatter the ideals and functionality of America’s greatest treasure, democracy.


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About the filmmaker – Charlie Sadoff is a producer, director and editor whose most recent film Against All Enemies premiered to critical acclaim at the 2023 Tribeca Film Festival. Documentaries he has produced include The Mind of Mark Defriest which premiered at Hot Docs and aired on Showtime, Dream Riders (Sheffield Doc Fest, Discovery), the 10 part series The Rites of Autumn for ESPN and multiple docs for History and CBS Sports. Charlie seeks projects that can help affect meaningful change and Cut Poison Burn (Mill Valley) and The Harvest (IDFA, Epix) from executive producers Eva Longoria and Academy Award winners Shine Global both screened on Capitol Hill as part of efforts to move legislation. The Definition of Insanity, which he wrote and produced for PBS in 2020 is currently being used to help cities around the world change the way people with mental illness interact with the criminal justice system.



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“Against All Enemies is no doubt terrifying but it’s a reminder that the stakes have never been higher when it comes to American democracy.” – Danielle Solzman, Solzy at the Movies

“A grim diagnosis of a fast-spreading cancer, “Against All Enemies” may provide much less reassurance than cause for alarm, but its wakeup call is certainly worth heeding.” – Dennis Harvey, Variety

“Vital and urgent, Against All Enemies is surprising in the emotions it garners from its audience, always resolute to is overall message, but unafraid to listen and have a conversation.” – Stephanie Archer, Film Inquiry

“Documentarian Charlie Sadoff sends a dire wake-up call to apathetic Americans blind to an exploding movement of political violence fronted by the very people who vowed to defend us – the U.S. armed forces.” – Al Alexander, Movies Thru the Spectrum

“Thundering, anxiety-inducing…” – Chris Barsanti, The Playlist