Transforming war trauma with poetry
Rockland — The Midcoast Peace and Justice Group will screen “The Welcome” Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. at the First Universalist Church, 345 Broadway.
“The Welcome” offers a fiercely intimate view of life after war — the fear, anger and isolation of post-traumatic stress that affects vets and family members alike. As viewers join these vets in a small room for an unusual five-day healing retreat, they witness how the ruins of war can be transformed into the beauty of poetry. Their examples of unflinching honesty, courage and love are uplifting, inspiring all to feel our common humanity, always the first casualty of war.
“The Welcome” won audience awards at the 2011 Ashland Independent, Mill Valley and Naples International film festivals; was named Best American Feature Documentary at the 2011 Ojai Film Festival and Best Dramatic Documentary, US at Docufest Atlanta, 2011; and was give the Interfaith Award, Feature Documentary at the 2011 St. Louis International Film Festival. It will be introduced by Rob Pfeiffer, a Vietnam vet who, with the group Vets Helping Vets, assists in the healing of trauma caused by war and the effort to return to civilian life.
All Midcoast Peace and Justice programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call 691-0322 or visit midcoastpeaceandjustice.org.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or firstname.lastname@example.org.