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Sunday, October 7 • 10:00am - 12:00pm
"Reading the Fine Print: The Side Effects of War ": Scarred Lands & Wounded Lives (68 min), You Bring Something Back (8 min), Dear Brother (5 min)

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SCARRED LANDS & WOUNDED LIVES--THE ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT OF WAR (68MIN, USA)
DIRECTOR: ALICE AND LINCOLN DAY
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

Scarred Lands & Wounded Lives is a recognition of our deep dependence on the natural world and the significant threat to that world posed by war and preparations for war. The scale of environmental damage over the last half century is unprecedented. Falling water tables, shrinking forest cover, declining species diversity – all presage ecosystems in distress. These trends are now widely acknowledged as emanating from forces of humanity's own making: massive population increases, unsustainable demands on natural resources and ruinous environmental practices. Ironically however, war, that most destructive of human behaviors, is commonly bypassed. In all its stages, from the production of weapons through combat to cleanup and restoration, war entails actions that pollute land, air, and water, destroy biodiversity, and drain natural resources. Yet the environmental damage occasioned by war and preparation for war is routinely underestimated, underreported, even ignored. The environment remains war’s “silent casualty. Activities that do such damage cry out for far-reaching public scrutiny. Scarred Lands & Wounded Lives breaks the silence about the environmental impact of war on the grounds that such scrutiny is “inconvenient” or “callous” at a time when human life is so endangered. If we cannot eliminate war Scarred Lands & Wounded Lives demands a fuller accounting of war’s costs and consequences on our vulnerable planet. It points to the change in values and actions required to heal the planet from war and promotes a plan to cleanup the mess we have created.

Trailer: http://vimeo.com/21574312

YOU BRING SOMETHING BACK (8MIN, UNITED KINGDOM)
DIRECTOR: MICHELLE ARBON
CHICAGO PREMIERE

On her return from active duty in Afghanistan, CMT Sarah Simpson is unaware that an incident whilst on duty, has left her with much more than physical scars. As everyday life quickly becomes a nightmare, Sarah begins to suffer the horrific symptoms of PTSD. As her life begins to spiral out of control, Sarah must come to terms with the fact that she could not save a comrades life after an IED explosion and accept that she did all that she could to save him.

'You bring something back' was produced by ITV Fixers to promote the awareness of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Female Soldiers. This film hopes to show that for some soldiers returning from active duty, everyday civilian life can become a nightmare whilst suffering the symptoms of PTSD.

 

 


Sunday October 7, 2012 10:00am - 12:00pm
Showplace Icon Theater 150 West Roosevelt Road. Chicago, IL.
  • Theater Theater 1

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