Steve Hindy, Brooklyn Brewery co-founder and president moderated the talk.
From left to right: War does not simply shape, shepherd, and injure bodies, or mold and undermine psyches in a unidirectional fashion. Through countless contradictory and incomplete processes, war excites bodies, cultivates capacities, gives value to things, provokes subjective interpretations of surprising behaviors, and forms connections.
I had arranged a late September date so we could meet and get to know something about one another before taking the stage together at the US premiere of his new war documentary, The Last Patrol. I know I was thrilled. That first meeting in September—over coffee and a bite to eat—went well, I thought.
We talked about anthropology his college major at Wesleyanhis coming of age in suburban America, women in the military, his search for meaning in masculinity, and his father—a German, half-Jewish exile. Junger impressed me as tough and tender, at once fixed in his beliefs even as he is open and vulnerable and accessible.
I liked him and looked forward to our next encounter, onstage at the festival, on Thursday evening, the 23rd of October. Stories in The Last Patrol The Last Patrol features four guys and a dog on a self-imposed journey into vagrancy and a rough mile walk alongside the Amtrak rail line between Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania.
In this film, viewers also glimpse a larger set of homefront struggles in streets, churches, and homes across a small segment of the country. Junger, the journalist, has a question for the Americans they meet along the way: I wonder how he handles the tensions in those multiple roles—as an observer, a listener, a participant, a talker, a director and a producer of such a film.
Of course, there are lines that differentiate documentary from ethnography; elements in The Last Patrol make these clear. Generally, anthropologists do not create the settings where the actions take place, but enter fieldsites that already exist.
In the case of The Last Patrol, Junger crafted the setting in which the action occurred, the conversations were held and certain emotions surfaced.
In that way, the walk along the tracks is an artifice. Beyond the promise and tribute to Tim, I wonder what motivated Junger in this choice.
Did he have expectations about what might happen? If so, were these fulfilled? In some ways, The Last Patrol reads like fieldnotes, the raw data that has yet to be analyzed. Some might critique the film as superficial because it touches the surface of critically important issues without explicating them.
At its heart, the film reveals how war gives the young men portrayed in it what life outside does not: Instead, the audience sees the young men—boy combat vets in a raw state—fragile and strong, wounded and wise—dwelling in a world they did not create, a world of choiceless choices.
There is so much to mine in this minute film. What makes returning home from war so disappointing? What makes the homefront so alienating? How do gender values figure into how these men think and what they do?
How do these and other cultural values get inculcated, harnessed and exploited in the service of ubiquitous war? The Last Patrol raises more questions than it answers, offering the possibility for deeper conversation and for discovering a growing body of social-science literature on war that includes: This too is presented in raw form, leaving viewers to wonder: Considering the fetters that hem people in, there is a certain sad irony to the response.
It is also revealing: It turned out that Junger and I were joined onstage by Brendan, the combat vet, and Guillermo, the photographer. It was also an opportunity to learn more about the three men and their lives.
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That presence adds to the anticipation for Clooney's potential summer blockbuster movie, The Perfect Storm. It is, of course, based on the bestseller by Sebastian Junger.
Subtitled A True Story of Men Against the Sea, this gripping saga tests readers' sea legs by taking them aboard the doomed swordfishing boat, the Andrea Gail (Harper Mass Market, $14, ISBN ). Jan 13, · The storm and the boat's sinking became the center-piece for Sebastian Junger's best-selling non-fiction book The Perfect Storm (), which was adapted to a .
Not many condo boards exercise their right of first refusal, but it seems that the board of West 36th Street may have taken a disliking to the potential buyer of Sebastian Junger's two-bedroom.