Iraq Veteran’s Film Shorts Portray Realities of Coming Home from War
COM Student Film Screening & Veteran Panel Aims to Encourage Community Dialogue and Raise Funds for Veterans’ Groups & Haitian and Pakistani Disaster Victims
Kentfield, CAŚNovember 16, 2010—Veterans returning home from the war will be the central theme of a benefit student film screening Dec. 5 hosted by the College of Marin Drama Club.
"The whole idea is to have a dialog with the community," said Christopher Loverro, 43, who served 12 months in Mosul, Iraq as an Army Reserve Civil Affairs Staff Sergeant attached to the U.S. Army's first Stryker Brigade Combat Team out of Fort Lewis, WA. He returned home at the end of 2004.
Loverro, a former Berkeley police officer, enrolled in the Berkeley Digital Film Institute where he made several short semi-autobiographical films about veterans coming home after service. He has enrolled at College of Marin to study acting. His work draws attention to the issues combat veterans face when they return from battle.
The film screening will feature three short films:
After the screening, a panel of Bay Area veterans will open a dialog with the audience to talk about the issues veterans face and how they can be assisted in re-entering their home communities. Representatives from UC Berkeley Veterans' Club, College of Marin Veterans' Club, J/P Haitian Relief Organization and Pakistan Flood Relief will be available at the screening to accept direct donations.
"It's easy for people to forget we're actually at war," Loverro said. "We need to do more to help our veterans. One way to do that is to raise more awareness about it."
Robin Jackson, production technician for College of Marin Drama Department, noted how Loverro spearheaded drives to get supplies to refugees while in Iraq. "What a wonderful ambassador for our country to be out there in the world. For Chris, being in the service is just that; it's service. That's what he wants people to know, that veterans need help but they also want to give back and serve the world community."
Christopher Loverro, who served in the Reserves after high school, joined the reserves in 2001. He was deployed for 20 months, serving in Iraq for one year. He served in Mosul, Samara and Tel Afar. While in Iraq, he participated in humanitarian missions including the construction of housing and a school and launched several drives for relief and school supplies for refugees. A former police SWAT team operator for the Berkeley Police Department, Loverro helped train Iraqi police and new Iraqi Army recruits.
Loverro has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley in Peace and Conflict Studies and has studied at the European Peace University's campuses in Austria and Spain. He completed an internship in conflict resolution at the Department of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford in England. In 2008, he retired from the Berkeley Police Department. He graduated from the Berkeley Digital Film Institute last summer.