Of course, the crux of Holding It Down is that a soldier's waking notions from combat also have ramifications on his or her subconscious. The narratives for the new piece, culled from hours of interviews with individuals who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, continues Iyer's and Ladd's quest to artistically document the lives of people of color post-9/11. “Everybody dreams, so I think that gives audiences an easy way in,” said Iyer.
Despite its flaws, Liza Johnson's debut 'Return' is a promising start for film depictions of our recent wars
Director Liza Johnson's debut film, Return, the only American selection at the Director's Fortnight at Cannes last year, also appears to be the first film about the "war on terror" to come out after the end of its most significant conflict, the Iraq War. As such, it's a promising if somewhat flawed sign of what may be to come in film depictions of the conflicts of the past decade.