Independent Lens S18 Ep19: Farmer/Veteran - Trailer Farmer/Veteran premieres on PBS’s Independent Lens on Monday, May 29, 2017.
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 battlefield experiences become unmoored from reality as he cycles 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 find the way forward.
Directed by Alix Blair and Jeremy M. Lange, Farmer/Veteran premieres on Independent Lens Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, 2017, at 9PM on MPB Television.
Find out more, on the Independent Lens website. Farmer/Veteran will be available for online viewing on the site beginning May 30, 2017.