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Film Explores The Psychological Toll Of The Vietnam War

Psychologist and director Ricardo Ainslie talks about his documentary, The Mark of War.

The Mark of War Faces - Promotional Montage
The Mark of War tells the story of seven veterans of the Vietnam War and the mental toll of combat.

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A documentary about the psychological effects the Vietnam War had on veterans is being screened this week in Houston.

The Mark of War focuses on seven Vietnam veterans who talk candidly about how the war affected them and about their struggles to adapt back to civilian life afterward.

In the audio above, Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty talks with the film's director, Ricardo Ainslie, who's also a psychologist-psychoanalyst.

The free screening, presented by Humanities Texas, is Thursday, May 2, at 6:30 p.m., at Rice Cinema.

  • Archival footage from the documentary The Mark of War, which chronicles the mental toll of the Vietnam War on those who fought it. (Photo Credit: The Mark of War)
    Archival footage from the documentary The Mark of War, which chronicles the mental toll of the Vietnam War on those who fought it. (Photo Credit: The Mark of War)
  • Archival footage from the documentary The Mark of War, which chronicles the mental toll of the Vietnam War on those who fought it. (Photo Credit: The Mark of War)
    Archival footage from the documentary The Mark of War, which chronicles the mental toll of the Vietnam War on those who fought it. (Photo Credit: The Mark of War)
  • One of seven Vietnam veterans interviewed in the documentary The Mark of War, which chronicles the mental toll of the war on those who fought it. (Photo Credit: The Mark of War)
    One of seven Vietnam veterans interviewed in the documentary The Mark of War, which chronicles the mental toll of the war on those who fought it. (Photo Credit: The Mark of War)
  • Archival footage from the documentary, The Mark of War, about the mental toll of the Vietnam War. (Photo Credit: The Mark of War/Screen Capture)
    Archival footage from the documentary, The Mark of War, about the mental toll of the Vietnam War. (Photo Credit: The Mark of War/Screen Capture)
  • Eduardo Garza is a San Antonio poet and Vietnam veteran who's featured in the documentary, The Mark of War. (Photo Credit: The Mark of War/Screen Capture)
    Eduardo Garza is a San Antonio poet and Vietnam veteran who's featured in the documentary, The Mark of War. (Photo Credit: The Mark of War/Screen Capture)
  • Five of the seven Vietnam veterans featured in the film, The Mark of War, along with director Ricardo Ainslie (third from left). (Photo Credit: Charles Ramírez Berg)
    Five of the seven Vietnam veterans featured in the film, The Mark of War, along with director Ricardo Ainslie (third from left). (Photo Credit: Charles Ramírez Berg)
  • The documentary The Mark of War chronicles the mental toll of the Vietnam War on those who fought it. (Photo Credit: The Mark of War)
    The documentary The Mark of War chronicles the mental toll of the Vietnam War on those who fought it. (Photo Credit: The Mark of War)

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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