After discovering a homeless man living on the riverbank, a young woman tries to help him against his wishes.
Daerik, an army veteran, returns to his hometown after being discharged from the military. Now homeless and suffering from severe PTSD, he tries to drown out the painful memories of a mission in Afghanistan where his men where killed.
In the meantime, Rebecca, a very young girl, attempts to find her brother who suddenly disappears after the war in Afghanistan. Rebecca, on her birthday, habitually goes to the park, where once she and her brother used to play as kids, and honors his memory. The same day, Rebecca sees a homeless man, and an inner urge to help brings her to him the next day. When Rebecca finds the homeless man living on the river bank, she realizes that it is her lost brother Daerik.
I wanted to explore the emotional effects of war on individuals and draw attention to the hardships and the devastating effects of physical and psychological trauma that vets, who have severe PTSD, are forced to endure due to governmental neglect. I wanted to place emphasis on the veterans’ life after the war upon returning home. On the grief and horror of the battlefield they are forced to endure, oftentimes keeping the struggle to themselves, and on their difficult transition adjusting to civilian life. Finally, frequently ending up being deliberately homeless because of their psychological inability to cope with the mental abuse inflicted on them ultimately choosing to suffer in isolation.
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shot by Alex Moura