ScreenPeace Begins Feb. 2 with Film by ND Faculty Member about Iraq and Afghanistan War Veterans

Author: Renée LaReau

This year’s ScreenPeace Film Festival kicks off with a powerful film about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans.  

“On the Bridge,” directed by Notre Dame faculty member Olivier Morel, explores the impact of PTSD on former soldiers as they adapt to life outside of combat. The film begins at 7 p.m. on February 2 (Thursday) in the Browning Cinema at Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. Morel will introduce the film and lead the post-screening discussion.

Sponsored annually by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, ScreenPeace offers critically acclaimed films that illuminate the impact of violent conflict and the challenges of peacebuilding. The screenings also provide opportunities for discussion with film producers, directors, and Notre Dame faculty experts.

All films are free, but ticketed. Call the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center Ticket Office at 574-631-2800 to reserve tickets, order online at, or pick them up at the box office. 

Other films in the series include: 

“Rebirth” (6:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 3) follows the transformation of five people whose lives were forever altered on September 11, 2001, providing a moving portrait of how trauma and grief evolve into hope and rebuilding. Discussion led by producer Danielle Beverly.

“Nostalgia for the Light” (9:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 3) takes us to Chile’s Atacama Desert, where astronomers examine distant galaxies and where surviving relatives of the disappeared search for the remains of their loved ones. Discussion led by Steve Reifenberg, executive director of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies.

“Fambul Tok” (6:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4) brings together victims and perpetrators of Sierra Leone’s brutal civil war in an unprecedented program of tradition-based truth-telling and forgiveness ceremonies. Discussion led by Catherine Bolten, assistant professor of anthropology and peace studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. 

“Enemies of the People” (9:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4) breaks a 30-year silence by focusing on the men and women who perpetrated the massacres in the killing fields of Cambodia. Discussion led by Sean O’Brien, assistant director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights at the Notre Dame Law School. 

More information can be found on the Kroc Institute events page and at

Contact: Renée LaReau, 574-631-5098,