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ARTICLE: We Are Moving Stories interviews Minos Papas

Congratulations! Why did you make your film?

About 4 years ago I was at a restaurant with some friends. One of them was a military veteran. The restaurant was loud and bustling with people and we were sitting right in the middle of it. I noticed our veteran friend becoming agitated with the noise and commotion. Only when we he was four or five beers deep did he start to relax. Little did I know at the time that I was watching hyper vigilance and social anxiety - symptoms of PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) - and then self medication, unfold before my eyes.

I felt a need to explore further, and found out the dire epidemic of untreated PTSD and moral injury that exists among post-9/11 veterans. Not only were the veteran suicide figures staggering, but at the time there was very little awareness about this issue among civilians. I wanted to explore this aspect of the human condition and it became the subject of my film TANGO ON THE BALCONY...

Read the full interview HERE.

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