WESTPORT, Conn. -- The Westport Library will screen the documentary film "Leave No Soldier" in its McManus Room on Sunday.
"Leave No Soldier" addresses the struggles of veterans with combat losses, PTSD, reintegration to civilian life and an overwhelmed Veterans Administration.
The program will begin at 2 p.m.
The film follows two communities of American war veterans, who, despite their differing politics, remember their pledge to "leave no fallen soldier behind." They carry this oath from the battlefield to the home front as they advocate for their comrades and raise the nation's awareness of the aftershocks of war.
The documentary was an official selection of the 2008 Rhode Island International Film Festival.
“Leave No Soldier" probes two opposite responses to the Vietnam and Iraq conflicts, both of them involving love for comrades—support for their war and opposition to it. Advocates of both views are treated with deep sympathy, and in the end all war-making is open to question,” said Dr. Robert Jay Lifton, author of "Home from the War: Learning From Vietnam Veterans."
Following the screening, there will be a discussion with the film’s director, producer and co-writer Donna Bassin.
Bassin is an author, artist, filmmaker and psychotherapist. She is an adjunct clinical assistant professor at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis with a private practice in New York City.
The program, part of the WestportREADS, focuses on the book "Miracle at St. Anna" by James McBride and is free and open to the public.
WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman. The Fairfield County Film Club of the Connecticut Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology is the program’s community partner.
For further information about the screening, call 203-291-4800, or check westportlibrary.org.
The Westport Library is at 20 Jesup Road, Westport.
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