National Geographic Documentary Films and Picturehouse Announce Release Dates, First Trailer and Key Art for Matthew Heineman’s RETROGRADE

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, National Geographic Documentary Films released the official trailer and key art for RETROGRADE and announced theatrical release, broadcast and streaming dates ― exposing the film to as wide an audience as possible through this robust distribution plan.

The feature-length documentary is an Our Time Projects production from Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning director Matthew Heineman (“Cartel Land,” “City of Ghosts,” “The First Wave”). The film is produced by Caitlin McNally and Heineman; executive produced by Carolyn Bernstein, Baktash Ahadi, David Fialkow and Joedan Okun; edited by Pablo Garza, Heineman and Grace Zahrah; with photography by Tim Grucza, Heineman and Olivier Sarbil; and music by H. Scott Salinas.

RETROGRADE captures the final nine months of America’s 20-year war in Afghanistan from multiple angles: one of the last US Special Operations Forces units deployed there, a young Afghan general and his corps fighting to defend their homeland against all odds, with civilians desperately trying to flee as the country crumbles and the Taliban take over. From the rarely seen operational control rooms to the front lines of battle and the chaotic Kabul airport during the final US withdrawal, Heineman’s latest film offers a cinematic and historical window into the end of the longest war ever. US and the costs borne by those most intimately involved.

“Like many of my films, it started as a story and ended with something very different,” Heineman said. “Ultimately, we hope to provide a deeply intimate, character-driven record of this turning point in American and Afghan history while offering an emotional reminder of the human costs of war.”

Picturehouse will release the film in theaters in select cities starting November 11 at New York and Washington DC, and November 18 in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and Colorado Springs.

It will premiere on National Geographic Channel on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 9 p.m. ET/PT and will then be available to stream on Disney+ on Dec. 9 only in the US (with a wider international rollout coming soon) and Hulu on Dec. 21. december. 11.

RETROGRADE is an unwavering and masterful document of the complications and consequences of war. We are thrilled to give this important film an unprecedented release plan ― in theaters, on the National Geographic Channel, and streaming on Disney+ and Hulu ― in order to reach the widest audience possible,” said Carolyn Bernstein, vice-president. executive chair of scripted and documentary films. for National Geographic.

RETROGRADE premiered at the 2022 Telluride Film Festival, was shortlisted for the 2022 DOC NYC Shortlist, and is nominated for Best Political Documentary at the 2022 Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards.

National Geographic Documentary Films previously released the Oscar®, BAFTA and the seven-time Emmy Award-winning film “Free Solo” and the Oscar-nominated film “The Cave”. In 2022, they released Sundance Award winners “Fire of Love” and “The Territory”, as well as the short film “The Flagmakers”. Other critically acclaimed films under the banner include BAFTA nominees “The Rescue” and “Becoming Cousteau”, three-time Emmy Award winner “The First Wave” and Emmy winners “LA 92 ‘ and ‘Jane’.

About National Geographic Documentary Films

National Geographic Documentary Films is committed to bringing the world documentary feature films that cover timely, provocative and globally relevant stories from the world’s best documentary filmmakers. National Geographic Documentary Films is a division of National Geographic Partners, a joint venture between Disney and the National Geographic Society. Deepening knowledge and understanding of our world has been National Geographic’s primary purpose for 133 years, and now we’re committed to going further, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers…and reaching people. million people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages ​​every month like we do. NGP donates 27% of its profits to the non-profit National Geographic Society to fund work in science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information, visit, or find us on Facebook, TwitterInstagram and YouTube.

About Picture House

Picturehouse is a Los Angeles-based film marketing and distribution company led by CEO Bob Berney and COO Jeanne R. Berney. The company acquires, markets and distributes global content across all platforms. Originally established in 2005 as a joint venture between Time Warner’s HBO Films and New Line Cinema, the Picturehouse brand has a long history of excellence. For more information, visit or find us on Facebook, TwitterInstagram, YouTube and LinkedIn.

About our time projects

Our Time Projects is a New York-based production company founded by Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Matthew Heineman. Heineman’s most recent film, THE FIRST WAVE, was shortlisted for an Oscar and won three Emmys, including Best Documentary. Heineman’s previous films include CARTEL LAND, which was nominated for an Oscar and won three Emmy Awards and a DGA Award; CITY OF GHOSTS, for which he won a DGA award; and two seasons of the Emmy-winning docuseries THE TRADE. He also directed TIGER and THE BOY FROM MEDELLIN, which won an Emmy Award for HBO. In 2019, Heineman received a nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement by a Debut Feature Film Director from the Directors Guild of America for his narrative debut, A PRIVATE WAR – making Heineman and Martin Scorsese the only filmmakers ever nominated for the DGA Narrative and Documentary Awards. .

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