Mind Zone follows therapists with the 113th Army Combat Stress Control unit 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, from mindfulness training to the use of video games. In following the unit into theater, the film explains how the second mission of keeping soldiers in the fight overwhelms the unit's first mission of protecting their mental wellbeing. And in telling that story, a larger tale unfolds of ethical dilemmas around the use of psychiatry in war zones.
Why it Matters
The story of Colonel Rabb and the 113th provokes deep reconsideration of the roles that mental health professionals play in large institutions, even beyond the theater of war. In following the efforts of the 113th in carrying out their conflicting missions, Mind Zone offers a rarely seen view of debates within the field of psychology over how this science of mind and behavior may be used or abused.
How You Can Help
The Mind Zone documentary is approaching the final stage of post-production and needs your help to realize the potential of this powerful and previously untold story. One hundred and twenty hours of footage have been shot, transcribed, and storyboarded. And our script is taking shape beautifully. For Mind Zone to be completed with the care that it deserves, the services of a top-notch professional editor must be sought. To that end, an editing suite and editor have been booked for six weeks in early 2012, a costly but indispensable last step in bringing this project - and the essential questions it wrestles with - into the public’s consciousness. Please join us in realizing this thought-provoking and gripping documentary. Thank you.
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How Kickstarter Works
It’s all or nothin’ with Kickstarter. This means that we have to raise the full amount of our funding request within the stated period or pack it in – no editing suite, no editor. It’s a bit of a gamble.
What this means is that if you’ve any inclination to give, go for it. This is our only shot.
Did you have to trade any of your editorial autonomy for the access you were granted by the US Military or do they have a say in what is in the final version of MIND ZONE?
My contractual agreement with the U.S. Department of the Army includes the following statement on editorial control "To ensure the journalistic integrity of the Program, J. Haaken Productions, LLC. shall retain final editorial control. The US Army will review the segment solely for the purpose of assisting accuracy, precluding inadvertent release of sensitive or classified information, and ensuring that the privacy of Army personnel is not unduly violated."
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