In cooperation with the Lisle Library and ClaySpace's "8030: Remembering 22 Veterans Lost Each Day" exhibition, the Lisle Library is screening the documentary "Surviving the Peace" at 2:00. A reception in the ClaySpace Gallery will follow from 4:00 - 6:00 pm. You can also meet the filmmaker Mara Pelecis.
About the Documentary:
In 202, Vietnam Veteran Andy Pelecis took his own life. Seeking to understand her father and how things could have been different, filmmaker Mara Pelecis, meets with veterans from all walks of life: Rolling Thunder bikers, Vets for Peace, National Guard members and Native Americans. On this journey, she unearths the elusive layers of her father's post-war inner work and discovers how others "survived the peace."
The family story reveals the most personal perspectives of life after war. These include Andy’s Bolex films, slides with handwritten notes, and love letters to his wife, written in Vietnam. They also include Mara’s video and audio recordings of the family dating back to 1993. These elements become key in hearing process with Veterans Affairs, ongoing throughout the film.