This film reveals the hidden emotions of mothers of soldiers.
sairafl from United States
17 September 2006
This Independent Documentary Film is about the feelings and trauma
experienced by mothers who have sons serving in the war in Iraq.
Monaghan is a military mother whose emotional journey was chronicled
and chosen for the final cut of My Child: Mothers of War. "I was
grieving when my son entered the military," she said. Amid tears she
recalls, "The worst feeling is not knowing if he will come back."
Though her son did return from his first assignment in Iraq, February
'03 to October '04, she said that she expects to go through the same
anxieties once again when he is re-deployed to Iraq in September 2006.
The film captures several military mothers looking back on the details
of their daily struggle with their child's decision to join the
military through to the time of their child's return from service. Of
the soldiers featured in the film, some have returned alive, some
permanently injured and some deceased. As the women generously share
their innermost feelings of loss, fear, grief, anger, worry and concern
for their son's well being, the viewer learns that these feelings are
common to all mothers of soldiers at war. This film gave rise to
reflection on those serving in the war and the daily sacrifices their
families make. It was a welcome reminder to support military parents
whose suffering is often hidden. For those who have children entering
the military for the first time, it may be comforting to identify with
the women featured in the film, though the realities of war shown are
Film Director Angeliki Giannakopoulos, in her rally speech, stressed
that her goal in making the film was not to promote a pro-war or
anti-war political position. "It was to bring an awareness of the fact
that behind every soldier and death of a soldier is a whole family.
After viewing my film, I receive calls from people who say that now
they understand this concept." My Child: Mothers of War was an award
winner at three 2006 film festivals.
To arrange a screening of the film in your area or to purchase an
expansion of the screen version My Child: Mothers of War on DVD, which
spotlights a total of 60 mothers of war, go to www.mychildthemovie.com.
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