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A documentary film by Heddy Honigmann on the traumatic effects of war on the soldiers of United Nations peacekeeping missions.A documentary film by Heddy Honigmann on the traumatic effects of war on the soldiers of United Nations peacekeeping missions.A documentary film by Heddy Honigmann on the traumatic effects of war on the soldiers of United Nations peacekeeping missions.
War veterans recall songs that proved to be epiphanous or a salve in their post-war existences.
Deeply moving account of dutch war veterans from recent conflicts (the Congo, Bosnia/Herzogovina etc.) who are struggling to come to terms with their post-war lives. The crutch many of them use is music, specifically a single song, which either kept them going while they were on active duty or is a rooting experience for them as they recall the horrors of their war experiences. One well-groomed officer of a UN unit composed of Dutch enlisted men, looks at first glance to be a well-balanced listener of say, classical music, although he uses Seal's song "Crazy" to recall how he had to stand by with his unarmed unit in former Yugoslavia as paramilitaries machine-gunned the inhabitants of a village in an adjacent building; another, a private, recalls driving his lorry through a sniper-infested route, as his song (can't remember it now) blared into his eardrums giving him the courage to keep going. Very unobtrusive directing by dutch master Honigmann and the recollections -- often tearful, as she keeps the camera on the veterans while the music plays -- are as powerful and damning an anti-war indictment as you're likely to see.
- Jan 2, 2003
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