MICHIGAN CITY | “Veterans: On Killing,” a modern-day documentary by U.S. Marine Corps veteran Zach Skiles, will debut at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W. Second St. Doors open at 6 p.m. in the center’s Hyndman Gallery.
This is the film’s first showing in the Midwest and is part of LCA’s current exhibit “Citizen*Soldier*Citizen,” which is based on Lt. Col David Grossman’s book “On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society.”
The film follows one Marine who was part of the invasion into Iraq in 2003 and also features combat veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan who give personal insights to their own experiences in training, combat and the aftermath.
Skiles’ powerful documentary goes into detail about the psychological effects that occur when engaging in “killing.”
As he states: “When I say ‘killing,’ I am referring to the many different aspects of engaging in combat: training, the act, and the aftermath.”
The premise of the film documents the veterans reading passages from Grossman’s book followed by their own insights and relating it to their own experiences.
Skiles got the idea for the film when he admitted himself into a PTSD clinic in Northern California in 2010 and read Grossman’s book.
“No one has ever gone into such depth on the psychology of killing. The experience changed my life,” Skiles said.
All of the people featured in the film have served in the U.S. military.
LCA’s current exhibit, “Citizen*Soldier*Citizen,” is an art exhibition of contemporary works by military veterans. It honors those who have fought for our country and those fighting to reintegrate into society after their war experiences, specifically those after 9-11.
Curated by Tara Leigh Tappert, an independent scholar, archivist and American art consultant, the exhibit will explore the ways in which soldiers returning to civilian life use the arts to heal and communicate their personal experiences.
Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
For more information, visit www.lubeznikcenter.org or call (219) 874-4900.