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 an honesty and intensity that is rarely seen in explorations of the war. Through an extraordinary group of men and women, it offers a profound window into the human side of America's current conflicts. The film also includes interviews with great American war writers from other conflicts including Tim O'Brien, James Salter, and Anthony Swofford.
The NEA's Operation Homecoming initiative has collected thousands of pieces of writing from service members and their families. The film takes a handful of this writing as a central element – presenting powerful readings of the soldier's words. These readings are brought to the screen though a variety of innovative filmmaking techniques that push the boundaries of traditional documentary, but avoid clumsy re-creations. Some stories are told through archival news images of the war. Several use striking visual collages to accompany the words of a poem. A few move even farther a field to illustration or animated still photographs, yet always rooted in a reading of the writer's original words.
At the core of the writing in "Operation Homecoming" is a deep desire by all those who have served in war to come to terms with their experiences. Throughout the film the soldiers, young and old, express a profound hope that people will listen to their stories and try to understand what they have seen. As with all of the great war writers, stretching back as far as the Iliad, the soldier writers of "Operation Homecoming" are trying to find meaning in the chaos and brutality of war. The film is a deeply humanizing look at those who suffer the de-humanization of war.blog comments powered by Disqus
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