The War in Between covers an incredible story: the bond between combat veterans and rescued wolves, both suffering from PTSD. In a “back to nature” therapy, men and animals learn how to trust each other to heal. Founded by Desert Storm Veteran Matt Simmons and Psychologist Lorin Lindner, Lockwood Animal Rescue Centre (LARC) is a 20-acre sanctuary located in Frazier Park, California. In this stunning location, surrounded by green trees and mountains, veterans and wolves fight against fear and depression. With this documentary, Italian filmmaker Riccardo Ferraris gets right to the heart of an extraordinary relationship. “It’s the first documented case of a cross species simultaneous therapy” says Ferraris. Forty wolves currently live at LARC, all rescued from roadside attractions, breeders and other exploitative situations. The veterans working in the Sanctuary get all the wolves’ depression, because they have the same thing. The trust is crucial: “after the shock of a war, soldiers realize that they can have a pure connection, because having a relationship with an animal is having a relationship,” says Lindner. The War in Between documents a slow transition: what Veterans find at LARC, working with the animals and getting back to nature, is that they belong. “What I see here with the veterans is the rekindling of the 13-year-old-boy before the trauma. It’s amazing to be accepted in a pack that usually accepts only its own offspring. It’s a miracle,” says Simmons—one we witness in The War in Between.
War in Between, The
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United States 2018 – DCP – 66 minutes
Director: Ricardo Ferraris
Producer: Stefano Gallini Durante
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