Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 by Cupertino_Library
Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.
Cupertino Library Story Room
Silicon Valley Reads at Cupertino Library presents Alive Day, a pair of back-to-back documentaries on DVD. Both documentaries concern soldiers’ lives during the Iraq War and the personal costs of serving in a combat zone. The screening starts with Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq. Actor James Gandolfini (The Sopranos) interviews 10 veterans concerning their “alive days” when they became casualties of war, but still came home alive. The veterans talk openly about their experiences, their injuries and prognoses, and how both affect—or did not affect--their feelings about America and their military careers.
Striking A Chord begins at 3:15 pm. Extended and repeated tours of duty in combat zones takes a heavy toll from soldiers. Boredom and loneliness are constant factors which can cause the additional problems of depression, anxiety and insomnia. The violence they experience can cause traumatic memories even for uninjured survivors. In Striking A Chord, an American band travels to remote military bases in Iraq to play for the service members. Beyond the welcome entertainment of the music, the soldiers open up and talk candidly about what they truly want and need while serving thousands of miles from home.