The 2018 festival will take place Nov. 1-11, 2018. Below is information regarding the 2017 festival.

Double Bill: The Sand Box and When War Comes Home

180 min.


Friday, Nov. 11 at 6:30pm

In commemoration of Veterans’ Day, SLIFF offers a free double bill of films — a narrative and a documentary — that address the devastating effects of PTSD on returning soldiers and their families. Told through the eyes of 10-year-old Finn (Sayeed Shahidi), “The Sand Box” follows the youngster on a difficult journey after his dad (Mark Collier) returns as a changed man from his tour of duty in Iraq. A documentary complement to “The Sand Box,” “When War Comes Home” focuses on the lives of three soldiers returning from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. The men soon discover that post-traumatic stress affects not only their own lives but also those of their wives, children, and friends. One of the documentary’s subjects, Andrea Carlile, participates in a post-screening Q&A. For more detail, see the listings for the two films in the Feature Films section.


With Guests

With subject Andrea Carlile and an intro and post-film discussion with scholar Sara van den Berg (Saint Louis U. professor of English).