Visualization of Mental Disabilities: Representation of Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Cinema
Savannah, Georgia: Savannah College of Art and Design (Atlanta)
Thesis (M.F.A.) -- Film and Television
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Film and Television
Bibliography: pages 17-19
"Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental disorder that effects hundreds of thousands of victims all over the world, however they are usually portrayed as individuals in need of help but as 'lunatics' who have no control over their violent behavior. I most films, a solider suffering from PTSD is generally depicted as the antagonist. They are represented as an endangerment to their family members, often with an addiction problem, with uncontrollable aggressive outbursts. Is this an over exaggeration of this disease or are the writers/ directors attempting to create a visualization of the internal battle of PTSD? This thesis will evaluate multiple films and their over glorification of military life and the depiction of PTSD veterans."
Includes the author's film "Veteran Affairs," depicting the personal and social struggles of a veteran who suffers from PTSD as a result of his Vietnam War experience
*Keywords: PTSD, veterans, military, cinema, mental disorder, Full Metal Jacket, American Sniper, Jacob's Ladder
CHAIR: Orear, Quinlan
Film and Television
1 text file (thesis) : PDF, 19 pages + 1 film (13 min.) : WMV, sound, color
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