190641 Operation Homecoming: Writing the wartime experience

Monday, October 27, 2008: 1:40 PM

Richard E. Robbins , Filmaker, The Documentary Group, Los Angeles, CA
"Operation Homecoming" is an Academy Award nominated documentary that explores the firsthand accounts of American soldiers through their own words. The film is built upon a project created by the National Endowment for the Arts to gather the writing of soldiers and their families who have participated in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Through interviews and dramatic readings, the film transforms selections from this collection of writing into a deep examination of the experiences of the men and women who are serving in America's armed forces. At the same time it provides depth and context to these experiences through a broader look at the universal themes of war literature. The writing in Operation Homecoming covers the full spectrum - poetry, fiction, memoir, letters, journals, and essays. The stories recounted here are sad, funny, violent, and uplifting. Yet each one displays and honesty and intensity that is rarely seen in explorations of the war. Through an extraordinary group of men and women it presents a profound window into the human side of America's current conflicts.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to describe the impact of a film in understanding the consequences of war.

Keywords: Iraq, Veterans

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Richard E. Robbins is a documentary film maker who made this academy award nominated film that will be the topic of this presentation.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.

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