Joshua Key, co-author of The Deserter’s Tale, was raised in Guthrie, Oklahoma, and now lives in Canada. In 2002, when he was 24, in an effort to provide for his growing family, he enlisted in the US Army. He was promised by all of the recruitment personnel he dealt with that because he had skills and a large family he would never see combat. In April of 2003 his platoon was sent into battle in Iraq. After 7 months of active duty and a very serious crisis of conscience, Josh Key deserted the army, fleeing to Canada with his family. He is the only deserter from the US military who makes a claim for refugee status based on his experience in Iraq, and having to take part in human rights abuses being committed there.
Festivals: 2007 (Spring)