Military veterans explore alternative therapies for new documentary
Veterans in Practice (VIP) a digital arts project with a group of military veterans based at FACT, have been exploring the art of documentary film over the past few weeks in preparation for producing a film of their own exploring alternative therapies.
7 March 2013
Filmmaker Jacqueline Passmore has been guiding us through the in's and out's of film production and this week we worked on character portraits.
What's your opinion of alternative therapy? Have you ever experienced reiki, reflexology or tai chi? Are these practices valid and important forms of therapy, placebo-effect belief systems or a load of rubbish?
Our documentary will investigate the world of alternative therapy; we'll be exploring the mystery of shiatsu (it's not a dog), finding out just how having needles inserted into your ears can produce inner calm, testing out our flexibility with a bit of yoga and asking whether in fact these therapies might be useful for veteran health and well-being.
With 'Battlefield Acupuncture' being adopted by the American military to treat injuries in Afghanistan and Iraq (see video in the related media section of this page) and tailored yoga sessions being offered by organisations to help deal with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, views are very much split on the effectiveness of such therapies and their place within the wellbeing of veterans.
We're a group of openminded sceptics hoping to demystify this - often baffling - range of treatments by researching, road testing and analysing their effects as well as exploring exactly what is available and how to access. We'll be blogging our journey here at veteransinpractice.com, we hope you'll join us!
Other VIP Projects
VIP have produced a photography exhibition, launched a monthly film club and are now preparing for a range of new projects including: photography, film and sound projects for Liverpool's Battle of the Atlantic commemorations this May, a Bike Buddy project, and developing a website that offers a creative platform for veterans all over the world. Find our more by visiting the FACT Veterans in Practice project page or liverpoolveterans.co.uk.
For more information about the Veterans in Practice project contact