Documentary explores PTSD

Oct 14, 2016
Courtesy of: Alice Films A veteran and his daughter are pictured at home in Laurent Bécue-Renard’s “Of Men and War.”

Rockland — Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St., will screen “Of Men and War,” a 2014 documentary film about post-traumatic stress disorder, Thursday, Oct. 27, at 6 p.m. in collaboration with “POV,” PBS' award-winning nonfiction film series.

Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, affects almost 30 percent of the 834,467 Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans treated through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Consumed by anger and traumatic memories long after their return, soldiers often resort to drugs or suicide to end their suffering.

The film, made between 2003 and 2014, begins with a scenic drive through California’s Napa Valley where therapist and social worker Fred Gusman, who pioneered revolutionary PTSD programs at the Veterans Administration in the late 1970s, opened The Pathway Home residential treatment center in Yountville in 2008. The beauty of the surroundings stands in stark contrast to the intense inner turmoil suffered by the veterans arriving by van.

Filmmaker Laurent Bécue-Renard provides a searing account of how this disorder has affected veterans and their families. “Of Men and War” is an unparalleled look at the enduring consequences of PTSD and the role treatment can play in helping soldiers reclaim their lives.

This year's Thursday Film Series is hosted by the Friends of the Rockland Library. In addition to watching great films, viewers may enter a drawing for books related to the movie's topic or theme donated by the Friend's Book Stop. The screening, sponsored by the Friends and the library, is free and open to the public. For more information, call 594-0310.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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