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The War in Between (2017)

| Documentary | 2017 (USA)
Documenting a new, successful "back to nature" therapy for US War Veterans with PTSD.


Riccardo Ferraris




Founded by Desert Storm Veteran Matt Simmons and Psychologist Lorin Lindner, Lockwood Animal Rescue Centre (LARC) is a 20-acres sanctuary located in Frazier Park (CA). In this stunning location, surrounded by green trees and mountains, Veterans and wolves fight against fear and depression. With this documentary, Italian filmmaker Riccardo Ferraris gets right to the heart of an extraordinary relationship. 'It's the first documented case of a cross species simultaneous therapy - director said - A journey we covered for over a year'. 40 wolves currently live at LARC, they are all rescued from roadside attractions, breeders and other exploitative situations. All over US. 'The veterans working in the Sanctuary get all the wolves depression, because they have the same thing - Psychologist Lindner said - The trust is crucial: after the shock of a war soldiers realize that they can have a pure connection, because having a relationship with an animal is having a relationship'.

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Unique Point of View. Unique Story. Unique Feelings.
22 February 2018 | by carlovituloSee all my reviews

I walked almost randomly into the theater, expecting nothing from this documentary. Well, after the first ten minutes of filming, I immediately knew that "The War In Between" was special.

The War in Between tells the story of LARC -- Lockwood Animal Rescue Centre -- the only center in the world that helps war veterans to recover from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), through a process in which these ex-soldiers become, slowly, intimate with wolves-- you heard me well, wolves.

The recovery process is simple; the veteran applies to the center and if accepted into the program, he or she, will begin to work at the Sanctuary -- 20-acres of pristine lands located in Frazier Park (CA). Through a series of maintenance activities -- mainly done in the areas where the wolves live -- the ex-soldier becomes familiar with the wolves which, eventually, choose him as a companion. And, it is at that particular moment where the magic happens. The director was able to show how these incredible creatures can perceive the pain of these soldiers, transforming that pain into pure friendship.

It's really hard to explain with words, but The War in Between deserves to be seen from audiences all over the world. The story shows the ancient relationship between man and nature in the most heartfelt way possible! WATCH IT!

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