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Supermen Save The World

In the major media, more often than not, stories dealing with the consequences of war are hopeful – about the progress the war effort is making or of soldiers who have overcome the loss of arms or legs, double amputees now skiing or running track.  Why, when the numbers of tragic outcomes – including 18 veteran suicides per day and the unprecedented numbers of PTSD cases – are so much greater?  Perhaps it is too simplistic to suggest that because the major media depends on advertiser revenue it can not risk disturbing commerce and those who provide the media’s principal source of income.

When you consider that the biggest blockbuster entertainment of the decade is the “Call of Duty” franchise,  and that “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2” grossed over One Billion Dollars in its first 16 days on the market, a deference to the “job creators” makes perfect sense.  The excitement of life and death computer gaming is BIG BUSINESS.  Not only that, it is also a significant recruiting tool for the U.S. Military.

But what happens when Call of Duty players suddenly enter the war zone?  Sure, it may be a proud patriotic impulse to join up with the prospect of taking the game world to the next level of blowing shit up.  But now, imagine yourself as a soldier newly arrived in Iraq a few years ago.  You’re one of the first to arrive at the scene of the famous “Collateral Murder” site in Iraq.  The first thing you see is a child in a van.  She’s been shot with a 30 mm machine gun round and is laying in a pool of blood and gore next to her father, whose head is half missing.  Suddenly you begin wondering why “Call of Duty” didn’t make you feel like puking your guts the way the reality of war just has.

That’s what our film, “Purple Mind,” is about.  It’s about a soldier who returns home traumatized by the vision of that little girl – to his own family and his own little girl who hasn’t had a father for the past three years and the only way she’s had to try to understand who dad is, has been by playing another popular computer game, “American Soldier.”  Only her dad, just back from Iraq,  isn’t like the soldiers in “American Soldier.”  He’s distant.  He jumps at noises.  And he gets angry easily and far too often.

Why?  Well, after seeing that little girl torn up my 30 mm machine gun rounds, he turned to his lieutenant and asked to see a mental health counselor.  But instead of granting the request, his lieutenant said, “Get the sand out of your vagina.  Suck it up and be a soldier.”

The “Collateral Murder” video is evidence of a military quite different from the honorable military in Call of Duty.  The people killed in the “Collateral Murder” video were unarmed civilians and children.  Bradley Manning released it for the world to see and now faces life in a military prison for revealing the truth of our war in Iraq.  But the “Collateral Murder” video was only one day in the war, and it wasn’t an isolated incident.  It was systemic.  It went on every day, only no one is supposed to know that Superman was really a serial killer.

Today, there are hundreds of thousands of soldiers who haven’t gone to a mental health counselor.  Until they do, instead of returning to the lives they left before the war, they’ll be trying to escape their own memories of an innocent Iraqi boy or girl by withdrawing, watching mindless films, drinking and taking pain killers.  “Nice.”


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