Screening of "Of Men and War" followed by Post-film conversation with director Laurent Bécue-Renard and cinematographer Kirsten Johnson

Of Men and WarSunday, Oct. 18:  Screening of “Of Men and War” followed by conversation between director Laurent Becue-Renard and Kirsten Johnson (1-4 PM, ’62 Center MainStage) (In collaboration with Williamstown Film Festival).  Of Men and War situates us in the middle of a Napa Valley–based retreat center for PTSD-afflicted veterans of the Iraq war. Some rage and rail against the world’s indignities, but over time their deep humanity emerges, thanks to the efforts of pioneering therapist Fred Gusman. Deeply grounded in authentic, earthy characters, including wives and children, filmmaker Laurent Bécue-Renard gains stunning access to these fragile souls and their stories. And he and his collaborator Camille Cottagnoud have an uncannily intuitive way with their cameras, creating a uniquely fluid intimacy. Of Men and War is a big movie about forgiveness, group dynamics, trust, guilt, shame, and the value of counseling and anger management.