In Country

Directed by Mike Attie, Meghan O`Hara. 80 minutes. Not Rated. English.

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Filmmaker Meghan O'Hara in person!

To many of us, the idea of Civil War re-enactment is a familiar concept. But the men of Delta 2/5(R) recreate the battles of a far more charged conflict: The Vietnam War.

For one weekend a year, the woods of Oregon transform as a mix of combat enthusiasts, Iraq veterans, and even a former South Vietnamese Army officer, revive — by choice — a war that a whole generation would much rather forget.

Disquieting and provocative, IN COUNTRY blurs fantasy with trauma, deftly tugging at the imposing question: what compels these men to don the vintage uniforms and meticulously bring this controversial war back to life?

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Filmmaker Meghan O'Hara joins us as part of the Hampshire College Creative Media Institue Viewfinders program.

"War's exotic distance can make it attractive; that high-school senior who loves the reenactments tells the In Country filmmakers he's enlisted in the military himself. But the same distance and separation from everyday life makes war unknowable: inconsequentially mythic, and mythically inconsequential. Some of the reenactors in the documentary are trying to bring war home to create a story in this country that makes sense of their experiences in that one." Noah Berlatsky, The Atlantic