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Award-winning local doc 'Joe Boots' to be screened in Lawrenceville

| Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 11:57 a.m.

Pittsburghers will have a chance to see the local award-winning documentary “Joe Boots” on Thursday at Spirit in the city's Lawrenceville neighborhood.

The documentary about a Carrick veteran returning home from Iraq received the Grosse Klappe Award at Germany's Duisburg Doxs Film Festival.

The 29-minute documentary also has been shown at film festivals elsewhere in Germany and in Poland.

The description in the trailer reads: “Under the impression of the 9/11 attacks Joe Boots, the film's protagonist, joined the military right out of high school. Shortly after, he was deployed to fight in Iraq. After returning to his hometown of Pittsburgh, he realized that his war experiences left him permanently changed. Joe tells the story of his slowly unraveling trauma and what it feels like to live with invisible wounds that others can hardly empathize with. The film seeks to illuminate the inner conflicts that veterans experience throughout their reintegration by following Joe's individual struggle and life in Pittsburgh.”

The screening will be followed by a Q&A panel with veterans who served in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, according to the event page.

Local bands Dinosoul and The Summercamp will perform.

Doors open at 7 p.m., and the screening begins at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $10. Veterans get in free with identification.

The event is restricted to people 21 and older.

Spirit is at 242 51st St.

For more information, visit the event page .

Theresa Clift is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 412-380-5669, or via Twitter @tclift.

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