Iraq, Paper, Scissors
2010, 42 Minute Running Time
Screens with Poster Girl
Right now, 18 veterans commit suicide every day.
As more veterans seek help from the Veterans Administration (VA) they must wait in line behind the backlog of 400,000 claims for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). While this rising “epidemic” is mostly overlooked, more U.S. soldiers fight a deadly war in Afghanistan and veterans home from Iraq and previous wars are left to suffer alone.
Yet, in an old Vermont papermaking mill, one group of veterans have discovered a unique way to cope – by transforming their uniforms worn in combat - into paper, books and art.
IRAQ PAPER SCISSORS is a documentary film (in-progress) that takes us into the lives of five Iraq War veterans who struggle with PTSD as they discover that they have dreams and talents beyond machine guns and combat.
Over the course of two years, director Sara Nesson, intimately captures the young men and women deconstructing their uniforms, while sharing their memories as soldiers and uncertain futures as civilians. Through following their creative and emotionally difficult yet healing journey, the dark space war that occupies their minds, gives way to light, allowing us to see more clearly, those who have served refuse to be forgotten and more importantly, ask to be understood.