At recent screenings of Chaplains Under Fire, I have been struck by the gap that exists between our civilian world and the world of the military — I wrote a couple of blogs about this on the documentary’s site.
This is by no means an original insight, by the way. Whether it is “Lioness,” “Restrepo,” “Soldiers of Conscience” or our own documentary, the filmmakers involved express the hope that their work will in some way help to bridge that gap. The most overt effort, though, is probably the work of groups like Intersections International, which hosts military-civilian dialogues and stages performances by and about veterans.
We cannot teleport into one another’s world but we can meet somewhere in-between through open listening.