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During the WWII North African campaign, a German sniper of the AfrikaKorps and a U.S. Combat engineer find themselves the sole survivors of a battle. They must reluctantly join forces to escape a marauding band of desert nomads and the unforgiving desolation of the Sahara desert. During their odyssey, the German relates the destruction of his country due to following their corrupt politicians. He regrets not stopping them before it was too late. It's a specter from the past that sadly parallels many aspects of our society today. The German soon realizes his own government is the real enemy of his people and struggles to find the courage (Tapferkeit) to stop them.

  • Joseph Quinn
  • T.M. Armstrong
  • T.M. Armstrong
  • Christoph Malzl
    Key Cast
    "German Sniper"
    Saints and Soldiers:The Void
  • Timothy Galt
    Key Cast
    "U.S. Combat Engineer"
    Saints and Soldiers:The Void, Splinters of a Nation, War Pigs
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  • Genres:
    action, war
  • Runtime:
    19 minutes 17 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 1, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    40,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English, German
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
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  • Top Indie Film Awards

    United States
    December 31, 2017
    Winner Best FX,;Best Production Design// Nominee Best Short; Best Director
Director Biography - Joseph Quinn

Joseph Quinn was born July 4,, 1966 in Chicago Illinois. He has worked both in front of and behind the camera on multiple feature films and documentaries. Tapferkeit was his directorial debut.

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Director Statement

This short film is a pitch concept for the feature film script "Friends or Foes".