Joe Boots / 29min / Documentary / 2017
Under the impression of the 9/11 attacks Joe Boots, the film's protagonist, joined the military right out of high school. Shortly after, he was deployed to fight in Iraq. After returning to his hometown of Pittsburgh, he realized that his war experiences left him permanently changed. Joe tells the story of his slowly unraveling trauma and what it feels like to live with invisible wounds that others can hardly empathize with. The film seeks to illuminate the inner conflicts that veterans experience throughout their reintegration by following Joe’s individual struggle and life in Pittsburgh.
Festivals and Awards:
German Human Rights Films Award 2018
Nominated for the German Short film Award 2018
World Premiere at Dok Leipzig 2017, Germany, International Programme
doxs! Duisburg 2017, Germany, recieved main award "Große Klappe"
Achtung Berlin 2018, Germany, honorable mention documentary competition
DokFest Munich 2018, Germany, dok education programme
Krakow Film Festival 2018, Poland, Awarded with a Special Mention
Gdansk Documentary Film Festival 2018, Poland, in Competition
IN THE PALACE Short Film Festival 2018, Bulgaria, in Competition
Short Film Festival Bamberg 2019, Germany, in Competition