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Stories that Matter: "When War Comes Home"

Stories that Matter: "When War Comes Home"

September 6, 2016

Many stories matter to the Saratoga Springs community.  Among them is that of the impact of war on those who served and the friends and families who support them. Saratoga Springs has sent soldiers to American wars at home and abroad since the nineteenth century, commemorating their service with parades and monuments, and supporting veterans communities.

Veterans' Monument 7221 2 George Washington bicentennial bday 1932
Veterans' monument on Broadway, north of Congress Park
detail from L.R. Burleigh, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., 1888

George Washington bicentennial birthday 1932
Courtesy, Saratoga Springs History Museum,
George S. Bolster Collection

When War Comes Home - Poster

For veterans of the United States' twentieth-century conflicts, whose injuries may be visible and invisible, national conversation has turned to handling the stress of battle at home.

On October 13 and 14, MDOCS (John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative) and the New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center bring Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Michael King and his new documentary, When War Comes Home to Saratoga Springs and the surrounding Capital Region.

This powerful documentary film follows three soldiers returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan as they try to acclimate themselves into civilian life. They carry with them the wounds of war, some physical (traumatic brain injury) and some invisible (post-traumatic stress).

For veterans of the United States' twentieth-century conflicts, whose injuries may be visible and invisible, national conversation has turned to handling the stress of battle at home.

Following the film screening will be a panel discussion between Director Michael King and three area veterans from the Korean and Iraq/Afghanistan Wars. We welcome their comments and audience contributions to a broader discussion of the growing awareness and shift in attitude amongst the military community and how they handle and treat difficult PTS cases as well as the numerous services now available to returning service men and women.

 

Michael KingMichael W. King (Producer/Director) has produced, directed, and written documentaries, music videos, and feature films for over two decades. He is known for his critically-acclaimed documentary The Rescuers which documents the diplomats who risked everything to save tens of thousands of lives during World War II. The Rescuers was nominated for an NAACP Image Award, and traveled the world at the request of the US State Department screening in several different countries for international diplomats and dignitaries. King's work has gone on to win many awards including his PBS documentary on youth violence in America, Bangin’, which won the Emmy and International Television and Video Association Award for Best Documentary and Best Editing. 

King graduated from Connecticut College with a B.A. in Government and holds an M.A. in Film Studies from the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands and a postgraduate degree in Feature Film Directing from the Amsterdam Academy of Arts (Maurits Binger Film Institute). He is based in Los Angeles.

Film Screening: “When War Comes Home” with Director Michael King

Thursday, October 13 @ 6:30 pm

NYS Military Museum & Veterans Research Center, 61 Lake Ave, Saratoga Springs

 

More info at www.skidmore.edu/mdocs/events

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