War Veterans

No more adrenaline and missions with clear goals, instead a life that has lost meaning, isolation from family and society, and material hardship: for many soldiers civilian life is a bigger challenge than war.

In Czechia the army exists outside the awareness of most, making it even more difficult for ex-soldiers returning to society. Finding work can be difficult for a veteran; learning about oneself and thinking in a new way can be even harder. People who have recently fought the Taliban must now mow lawns, and coming to terms with this change is not pleasant for some. Documentarist Tomáš Polenský gives the floor to several former soldiers who describe their return to civilian life. Although each copes with their situation differently, they have much in common. Whether they have come back from a mission with scars on their body and soul, or they simply miss the army, their past inevitably influences their future.

Vysloužilci

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2022

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52 min