March 18 – 29
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Country: UNITED KINGDOM, IRELAND, USA
Run Time: 78 minutes
In 1970 British director Michael Grigsby made a stunning documentary called “I Was A Soldier.” The award-winning film followed three young soldiers from Mernard, Texas after they returned home from Vietnam. In the film, the men struggled to transition back to normal life, haunted by their experiences in the war. Now, over 30 years later, Grigsby picks up where he left off with WE WENT TO WAR, a sobering sequel that continues the cinematic excellence of the original and examines the ever lingering effects of war. While “I Was A Soldier” captured the immediacy of their emotions, its follow-up goes even deeper, revealing the severe impact that PTSD had on their families. Grigsby brilliantly compares and contrasts the films with split screen shots, showing not only the progress of the veterans, but also their stagnation. The film's eloquence comes from its ability to say just as much with its cinematography as it does with words. WE WENT TO WAR is a poignant and intimate look at the brutal mental consequences of war. – E.F.
Michael Grigsby & Rebekah Tolley
Michael Grigsby is a documentary director from Britain. Born in 1936, his impressive career spans over six decades. He got his start in the late 1950s, working for the English channel, Granada Television. He leads the Abingdon Film Unit, an organization based at his alma mater, Abington School, which teaches the art of filmmaking.
"Deckie Learner" (1965), "I Was A Soldier" (1970), "A Life Apart" (1973), "Too Long A Sacrifice" (1984), "Living On The Edge" (1987), "The Silent War" (1990), "The Search" (1991), "Thoi Noi" (1993), "Lockerbie, A Night Remembered" (1998), "Rehearsals" (2005), WE WENT TO WAR (2012)
This film is presented with the generous support of the THOMAS J. COLTMAN FOUNDATION