Of Men and War - 2014
In Of Men and War, anger consumes a dozen combat vets long after their return from the front. Like figures from a Greek tragedy, all have traumatic memories that haunt them to this day. Ghosts and echoes of the war fill their lives. Threats seem to spring out from everywhere. Wives, children, and parents bear the brunt of their fractured spirits. At a first-of-its-kind PTSD therapy center, the film’s protagonists resolve to end the ongoing destruction. Their therapist helps the young men forge meaning from their trauma. Over years of therapy, Of Men and War explores their grueling paths to recovery, as they attempt to make peace with themselves, their past, and their families.
– edited and associate produced by Isidore Bethel / directed by Laurent Bécue-Renard
– Cannes Film Festival Official Selection, Grand Prize at IDFA (Amsterdam), Best Documentary Nomination at European Film Awards, Special Jury Mention at San Francisco Film Festival, Cinematic Nonfiction Award at Little Rock Film Festival, Museum of Modern Art’s Documentary Fortnight, AFI Docs, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Visions du Réel, Cinéma du Réel, (full festival list)
– broadcast on PBS’ POV