Film by soldier shows struggles upon returning homeA Madison soldier-turned-filmmaker is using his medium to highlight challenges and hardships some soldiers face upon coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan.
By: Kirk Carapezza, Wisconsin Public Radio, Superior Telegram
A Madison soldier-turned-filmmaker is using his medium to highlight challenges and hardships some soldiers face upon coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Inside a theatre in Madison on Wednesday, veterans watched a dramatization of an ambush in Kapisa, Afghanistan – one of the country's most deadly provinces. The short 15-minute film was directed by Staff Sgt. Kyle Hausmann-Stokes. The 27-year-old Verona native served in Iraq.
He says it’s been therapeutic for him to make movies about soldiers' experiences, and how they cope with lingering stress when they come home.
In 2007 and 2008, Hausmann-Stokes ran patrols in a Humvee, covering almost every major highway in Iraq. When he came home, he had trouble sleeping and a fear of busy streets. He soon began to express himself through film. He hopes other veterans will do the same.
Vietnam War veteran Bob Curry says he knows what it was like. He watched some of Hausmann-Stokes' films during the Wisconsin Warrior Summit in Madison this week. Curry says coming back from an unpopular war, many of the Vietnam War movies he saw were "very disparaging," which made him “crawl in a hole even more.”
Hausmann-Stokes has just graduated from the University of Southern California’s film school. He’s working on a feature-length movie about the war in Iraq, which he hopes will be the seminal film for veterans who’ve been there.