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Source:  The Hollywood Reporter

Gordon Clark’s “Unknown Distance” adds to the growing canon of films dealing with the sad travails of veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The film revolves largely around one such figure, Sergeant Douglas Brown, who recounts his difficulties upon returning home in harrowing personal terms.

Clark follows Brown as he travels across the country over a period of eight months, talking to fellow veterans and their family members who share their experiences.

Brown, like so many of his fellow Marines, enlisted shortly after 9/11. He had a distinguished military career, serving five tours of duty over 10 years as a Marine sniper and earning a Purple Heart at 19. In the film, he talks frankly and eloquently about his suffering from PTSD, as do many of the other interview subjects.

Many of the veterans are seen speaking directly to the camera, delivering their accounts with barely suppressed emotional anguish. “Why are we still here?” asks one of the veterans, referring to the fact that many of his fellow soldiers lost their lives.

Veterans also talk about the lingering psychological effects of their wartime experiences and their reliance on medication that, while providing some relief, frequently also leave them confused and disoriented. That a good number of them were snipers only adds to their emotional distress.

Read the story at The Hollywood Reporter.

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