According to the Department of Defense, members of the American military committed suicide at the rate of one every 36 hours between 2005 and 2010.
Ten years into the war in the Middle East, with troops officially set to exit Iraq in January, the problem of service members returning home deeply scarred from their experiences in combat is becoming a more critical issue every day. And the independent movie Poster Girl, the directorial debut of Sarah Nesson, who will be present at tomorrow night's screening at the Mercury Cafe, aims to make that clear to everyone.
Poster Girl is the story of Robynn Murray, a young, all-American cheerleader whose life was forever changed on September 11, 2001. That's when she decided to sign up , and she soon headed to her local recruitment center. But this "poster girl" for women in combat had a lot to learn about warfare -- and she got a brutal lesson in Iraq.
Poster Girl follows Robynn for over two years after her return to the States, as she attempts to integrate back into society and keep herself together as she suffered the unraveling effects of post-traumatic stress. This preview intersperses clips of her breaking down, suiting up and speaking out with horrific wartime footage and emotional sound bites from friends and family:
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The screening is part of the ArgusFest Doc Series.