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  • Directed by Jan Haaken
  • Portland/Afghanistan, 2013, 50 mins., English

Filmmaker/Psychologist Jan Haaken’s MIND ZONE follows therapists with the 113th Army Combat Stress Control detachment as they carry out two conflicting missions: protecting soldiers from battle fatigue and keeping these same soldiers in the fight. With psychiatric casualties mounting, the United States Army ups the deployment of mental health detachments to war zones—an undertaking on a scale previously unimaginable. As the 113th is deployed to Afghanistan and trains for their dual roles as soldiers and healers, Colonel David Rabb and his team of therapists are equipped with a wide arsenal of psychological techniques. The documentary moves between the battle zone and the home front, offering a rarely seen glimpse of heated debates within the field of psychology over diagnosis and treatment of combat conditions and the limits of using categories such as post-traumatic stress disorder to capture the psychological impacts of warfare.

Genres: Documentary, Northwest Filmmaker