Andrew McLaughlin grew up in a military family. He knew from a young age that he would follow in his fathers footsteps and join the Armed Forces. At age 19, he fought in Iraq with the 3rd Infantry Division. But when he came home, adjusting would be a whole new challenge.
To help him make sense of his anxiety brought on by combat, Andrew turned to film making.
Titled 'A Soldier's Home,' Andrew's film shares the story of his own experiences before during and after serving in Iraq. He believes popular war documentaries are overly sensational, and focus to much on combat.
"I've seen a lot of films, a lot of war films, like Restrepo and War Tapes, which are all soldiers making the documentaries. So they've got the cameras in hand, they're in combat. At the same time they're kind of exploiting their own stories and in the end they then turn the footage over to the film maker and the film maker makes it."
Like the soldiers in these films, Andrew also captured his time overseas on camera. When he returned home, he continued to film his thoughts and habits, eventually compiling this footage into a documentary all on his own.
The documentary explained, each soldier experiences war differently. Andrew encourages all veterans to share their memories through home made media, as a way to record personal history.
'A Soldiers Home' will have a few more public showings in the Chicago area.
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