Life After War: Stories of Service
by Irene I. del Corral
The Dallas International Film Festival connects to the many aspects of Veteran and Active Service during its 10th year anniversary.
DIFF has brought a decade of engaging and unique films, but no year better than this, its 10th anniversary, to bring forward documentaries and feature films closely knit to the Military. The range of angles that one can explore military life can be unlimited, yet DIFF does not disappoint in offering something for everyone, and from around the world!
FARMER/VETERAN takes us through an eye opening view of what life after the military is like for soldiers such as Alex Sutton. It is estimated that 90% of soldiers are “country boys”. Once their active duty ends and they return home, they find themselves in a brand new place. FARMER/VETERAN follows the life of Alex, self defined as “the perfect soldier,” who battles with the demons of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). With humanity and compassion, this reality laden film takes us through the daily life in a farm in North Carolina, where we learn more about the man, his family life, and the disease.
A documentary so engaging that will keep you at the edge of your seat in disbelief! THE LIBERATORS follow the story of the Quedlinburg Treasures search and connection to the small town of Whitewright TX, roughly 60 miles north of Dallas. Willi Korte is the German man who possessed the curiosity and tenacity needed to find out what happened to the medieval treasures taken from WWII Germany. Following leads and clues in a pre-internet world, Willi reached important milestones to find the treasures and the American soldier that once took them.
This Palm D’Or Cannes Film Festival winner follows the story of three Sri Lankan civil war refugees searching for peace in France, only to find paramount violence in the Parisian suburbs. This powerful drama brings to light the sacrifices they must take in order to survive. Award-winning filmmaker Jacques Audiard brings us this gripping story of human life in the aftermath of war in DHEEPAN.
Vincent is a Special Forces soldier hired to safeguard the security of Jesse, the wife of a rich Lebanese businessman. Suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Vincent begins to fall into paranoia… is it his fascination with the woman he was hired to protect? Is it his disorder? Or is danger very real? Director Winocour’s DISORDER webs a fascinating suspense in this psychological drama as the audience tries to unveil the secrets held within.
The heartwarming documentary, SIGNS OF HUMANITY follows artist and SMU professor Willie Baronet as he travels from coast-to-coast buying signs from homeless people. It is in this summer venture, from Seattle to San Diego, to New York, that he finds a way to connect with people and ultimately discovers the power of human compassion. Baronet challenges the viewer to explore and open their hearts. A portion of the proceeds from this special presentation screening will be donated to The Bridge Homeless Recovery Center, a shelter in Dallas, TX.
DALLAS STAR AWARDOscar-nominated cinematographer Ed Lachman’s selected credits as a cinematographer include the Emmy nominated HBO mini-series Mildred Pierce and films including DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN, THE VIRGIN SUICIDES, and the Academy Award nominated film, CAROL.
DALLAS MAVERICK AWARDOur inaugural honoree, director, editor and producer Monte Hellman, has a career that spans six decades. He has exemplified cutting-edge filmmaking across multiple genres, working with budgets, from high-to-low, and with casts featuring stars to complete unknowns.