Wartorn 1861-2010

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Wartorn 1861-2010
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Wartorn 1861-2010
Wartorn 1861-2010

In 2007, HBO Documentary Films released Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq, created by a team that included Ellen Goosenberg Kent, Sheila Nevins and James Gandolfini, as well as DCTV's own Jon Alpert and Matt O'Neill. In Alive Day, the emotional and physical damage inflicted on our soldiers was revealed, when veterans recalled their "alive day," the day they nearly died in combat.

In 2010, HBO and that same team of filmmakers presented, Wartorn 1861-2010, another intimate look at the effect of war on our soldiers. In Wartorn we see the powerful impact of post-traumatic stress and combat stress on our soldiers, military personnel, and their families. Stories are shared through letters, journals, photos, combat footage, and first-person interviews with military families as well as the soldiers themselves. As one mother explains, “If this could happen to my son it could happen to anybody out there. It’s like they put him through a paper shredder and sent him back to us.”

Evidence of post-traumatic stress and combat stress appeared long before the military campaigns of the last two decades. Wartorn takes us back to some of the first documented cases of PTSD during the civil war, the two World Wars, Vietnam, and the more recent cases surfacing after soldiers have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan. With military suicide rates rising, it is clear that action must be taken in order to address this pressing issue.

For more info on the film and PTSD resources visit HBO. Wartorn: 1861-2010 is available for purchase here.

Release Date: 
2010

Credits

Director
Jon Alpert
Director
Ellen Goosenberg Kent
Producer
Jon Alpert
Producer
Ellen Goosenberg Kent
Producer
Matthew O'Neill
Co-Producer
Lori Shinseki
Co-Producer Archival Segments
Caroline Waterlow
Co-Executive Producer
Alexandra Ryan
Editor
George Bartz, A.C.E.
Editor
Andrew Morreale
Editor
Jay Sterrenberg
Supervising Producer
Sara Bernstein
Executive Producer
James Gandolfini
Executive Producer
Sheila Nevins

Reviews

"'Wartorn' is convincing on a number of levels - first, that the problem of PTSD isn't new and is far more pervasive than officially acknowledged. Second, that treatment is challenging, and, third, escaping PTSD altogether may be impossible for anyone who sees combat.”
San Francisco Chronicle