Outsiders Looking In

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Mon, 11/07/2011 - 7:30pm
DCTV, 87 Lafayette Street, NYC

Join us for this special evening of film, art and discussion on the representation of veterans in art and media:

Screening of Hidden Battles
with Director Victoria Mills

Hidden Battles, a feature length documentary, is a dramatic and deeply intimate film about the psychological impact of killing on the lives of five soldiers. How does killing change the person who pulls the trigger? Hidden Battles weaves together moments of reflection and realization from people who struggle with what it means to kill in all of it’s complexity. The film offers unique insight into the internal conflicts that veterans around the world continue to face long after they have left the battlefield.

Victoria Mills is an award winning documentary filmmaker as well as a full-time practicing psychoanalyst. As an analyst with 25 years experience, Victoria has worked extensively with people of different cultures who have experienced trauma, including those who suffered from 9/11. She is also is a training analyst and on the faculty of the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis, is a member of the IPA, and supervises graduate and PhD students at several universities. Her first film was Mothers and Daughters: Mirrors that Bind.

Slideshow of Soldiers' Stories from Iraq and Afghanistan with Artist Jennifer Karady

Jennifer Karady is an artist whom has worked with American veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for the past four years to create staged narrative photographs that depict their individual stories and address their difficulties in adjusting to civilian life. After an extensive interview process with the veteran and his/her family, Karady collaborates with the veteran to restage a chosen moment from war within the safe space of their everyday environment, often surrounded by family and friends.

Reading from Sand Queen
with Author Helen Benedict

Helen Benedict's sixth novel, Sand Queen, is culled from real life stories of female soldiers and Iraqis, offering a story of love, courage and struggle from the rare perspective of two young women on opposite sides of a war. Benedict has won three major awards for her work on soldiers: The 2010 Exceptional Merit in Media Award from the National Women’s Political Caucus, The Ken Book Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness for 2010, and the 2008 James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. She has testified twice to Congress on behalf of women in the military. She is a professor of journalism at Columbia University.

Discussion with Scott Thompson

Scott Thompson is the Director of Social Dialogue and Training Initiatives for Intersections International, a New York based NGO that works at the intersection of communities in conflict. His expertise is in programming for returning military persons and civilians, utilizing psychological healing processes to help heal the rift between these groups. He oversees Intersections’ Veteran-Civilian Dialogue project, a community building effort for returning soldiers to provide meaningful tools of reconciliation and healing.

Tickets

$6 / DCTV Members, DocuClub Members, and Veterans
$8 / Shooting People, NYWIFT, IFP Members, and Students with ID
$10 / General