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Semper Fi: Always Faithful


Marine Corps Master Sgt. Jerry Ensminger was a devoted Marine for nearly twenty-five years… As a drill instructor he lived and breathed the “Corps” and was responsible for indoctrinating thousands of new recruits with its motto Semper Fidelis or “Always Faithful.” When Jerry’s nine-year old daughter Janey died of a rare type of leukemia, his world collapsed. As a grief-stricken father, he struggled for years to make sense of what happened. His search for answers led to the shocking discovery of a Marine Corps cover-up of one of the largest water contamination incidents in U.S. history.


  • Video Librarian
    There is no right-wing-vs.-left-wing stance or scorekeeping, just a powerful story about a cover-up and one man’s mission to reveal the truth. Recommended.
  • Educational Media Reviews Online
    The film is highly recommended and would be a good tool for discussions of government accountability, class discrimination, and human rights.

Festival Participation

  • Tribeca Film Festival
    Best Editing
  • AFI Silverdocs
  • IDFA
  • United Nations Association Film Festival
    Best Documentary
  • Woodstock Film Festival
    Audience Award and Jury Prize

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