On Monday 20 May I hosted a Q&A with Rebekah Tolley, producer and co-author of new documentary We Went To War. Directed by the late Michael Grigsby, it’s a terrific film and I was very pleased to have the opportunity to raise its profile a little.
The late Michael Grigsby’s final film is a follow-up to his 1970 documentary I WAS A SOLDIER, which examined the effects of the Vietnam war on three young men who had returned home. WE WENT TO WAR catches up with the same veterans over 40 years later to see how the passage of time has affected them. It is an outstanding and immensely moving portrait, examining how the burden of war is passed down through generations, affecting not only the soldiers themselves but also their families and communities for years after the event. This toxic pain is shown to manifest itself through an inability to communicate with loved ones and many other depressingly familiar traits: battles with alcohol, drugs, crime, depression and violence. All are alluded to here in a very understated way.