“Farmer/Veteran” Screening and Celebration on November 10

U.S. Army veteran Alex Sutton cradles a rock dove show pigeon in Moore County, North Carolina in the spring of 2012.

U.S. Army veteran Alex Sutton cradles a rock dove show pigeon in Moore County, North Carolina in the spring of 2012.

CDS recommends an upcoming screening of Jeremy Lange and Alix Blair’s Farmer/Veteran, a feature-length documentary that follows one veteran’s mission to find healing through farming, haunted by the wounds of a family lost and the soldier he still yearns to be. The film’s co-director, Jeremy Lange, is a current MFA|EDA student and will be in attendance. The ticketed screening at the Carolina Theater in Downtown Durham will be preceded by a free and public gathering on the CDS porch. Tickets for the Farmer/Veteran screening go on sale October 16 through the Carolina Theater box office. Watch a trailer for the film below.

Farmer/Veteran Pre-Screening Celebration
Thursday, November 10, 5-6:30 p.m.
Center for Documentary Studies Porch
1317 W. Pettigrew St., Durham, North Carolina

Farmer/Veteran Hometown Premiere Screening
Thursday, November 10, 7-9 p.m.
The Carolina Theater
309 West Morgan St., Durham, North Carolina

Home from three combat tours in Iraq, Alex Sutton forges a new identity as a farmer, hatching chicks and raising goats on 43 acres in rural North Carolina. He dives into life on the farm with his new love Jessica, but cannot shake the lingering traumas of war. The stories he tells about his battlefield experiences become unmoored from reality as he oscillates between states of heightened awareness and “feeling zombified” from a cocktail of prescriptions meant to keep him stable. For the viewer, as for Alex, what to believe about his past is uncertain. The farm becomes a terrain to unearth what is buried, what it really means to be “the perfect soldier,” and where to go from here.

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