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Forgetting the War

I’ve just seen the trailer below for a new documentary called Almost Sunrise about two US veterans and their attempts to move on from their experiences in Iraq as they attempt to readjust to being civilians

 

The film’s website tells us that Tom Voss and Anthony Anderson served in Iraq, and since their return home have both struggled with depression, to the extent that they contemplated suicide. In order to try and master their fates, the two embark on a massive 2,700 mile walk across the country from Wisconsin to California, “in order to reflect on their haunting experiences of war and to ultimately, save themselves.”

Military personnel struggling on their return from conflict is not new, and their battles with reconciling what they did when in action with the moral code of a society removed from war have been studied before. But it can never be highlighted enough. This, like anything else, takes time to heal. And sometimes time alone is not enough.

The subject of transition into civilian life from the military is something I’ve worked on and highlighted before here, but it does seem to attract far more attention in the US than in the UK. Why is this? Certainly one major part of it is the cultural difference between the US and the UK, and the place the veteran has in our societies – and the questions about what we as civilians owe them, if anything, in return for their service.

Also,  I can’t help but notice that this seems to add to the latest trend in film-making when it comes to war films; that the focus is now more on the legacy of the war at home after the conflict for those who endured it, rather than the war itself.

It looks like an amazingly powerful film, and I’ll certainly try and track this film down from the UK.

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‘Chosen Men’ (2016)

I have a real interest in the study of veterans, veteran culture, and the process of transition from military to civilian life. So I’m pleased to have found the following  trailer for a new documentary on the British military and the transition back into civilian life, due to be released in the UK in 2016.

The producer and director is former Rifleman Aaron Sayers who, having served in the Army until 2002, has direct knowledge of the transition process, and so is well placed to comment and document the sometimes complicated path from army life to civvy street that veterans can experience.

The title Chosen Men refers back to the special terms used to describe Riflemen in Wellington’s army in the Peninsular who were particular soldiers of merit that could be trusted to lead a half platoon in the absence of an officer or an NCO – so effectively  Lance Corporal.

What the trailer below, and find out more about the film here. I’ll certainly be seeking it out on its release!

 

 

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