Sara Nesson / USA / 2010 / 38 min.
When she was 19, Robynn Murray and her friends Amanda and Lilly appeared on the cover of an American Army magazine, forming an image the US government hoped would attract other women to enlist for the Iraq war. Today Robynn is one of the 300,000 veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Haunted by her terrible experiences, and suffering from nightmares and remorse, she takes part in anti-war demonstrations and meetings. Along with other vets, Robynn refashions uniforms and military promotional materials into activist art, while also applying for a disability pension. All the while, she is beset by thoughts of suicide, insomnia, anxiety and depression. Coming from a military background, she had signed up for the Army with the full support of her family and the conviction she was doing the right thing. However, Robynn learns too late that the slick façade of official propaganda masks the suffering of the civilian population, cruelty and injustice. This film was nominated for an Oscar in 2010 in the Best Documentary Short Subject category.