“Telling: Gainesville” a film screening

Published: November 1st, 2017

Category: News

Join us on Veterans Day Nov. 11th at 6:30 PM at the Hippodrome theater for a film screening of “Telling: Gainesville,” followed by a Q & A with the director and members of the cast.

Visit our event page: https://tinyurl.com/y7nu3tor

In this production, four veterans and a military wife living in Gainesville come together to tell their life stories, openly discussing what it means to have served their country and to now live as veterans in the USA. This production included firsthand accounts of a soldier’s life in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and in-depth insights into the difficulties of returning home.

Directed by Jeffrey Pufahl of UF’s Center for Arts in Medicine and 2017-2018 visiting scholar at SPOHP, “Telling: Gainesville,” builds a bridge between civilians and veterans by creating a space for discussion, reflection, and understanding. Combining oral history and “verbatim theatre,” which focuses on a more journalistic, documentary-style of storytelling, the performance explores the various reasons why these men enlisted, and follows them through basic training, their first deployment, and, of course, their experiences upon arriving home. It was challenging to find veterans willing to openly discuss this material, especially in such a public and performative way.

The Telling Project is a nationwide initiative that has put over 180 soldiers and their families on stage, giving audiences the opportunity to listen to their stories in a unique and engaging format.

The Telling Project came to Gainesville thanks to the Center for European Studies’ grant “Dialogues on the Experience of War” by the National Endowment for the Humanities and from the Florida Humanities Council.

This event is free and open to the public

 

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