“TANGO ON THE BALCONY” is a narrative short film about moral injury and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Faced with the apparition of someone he may have killed in combat, Iraqi war veteran John Wexler struggles with the continuing symptoms of PTSD and his transition to civilian life.
“TANGO ON THE BALCONY” is about Johnny, an Iraq war veteran who wrestles with PTSD and his transition to civilian life. Johnny is tormented by hyper vigilance, insomnia, isolation and the lingering questions of his actions in combat. Visited fleetingly by Abdullah, an Iraqi teenager whom he killed in combat, Johnny tries to ask the lingering questions that crowd his mind, but Abdullah’s answers do not provide any respite. Johnny is frequently in a state of hyper vigilance on the bustling streets of NYC. He struggles with the helmet-cam video footage of combat that he has brought back from Iraq: The video provides Johnny with the comfort of accuracy that memory does not have, but it also induces anxiety. The film compares combat video playback to the memory of a traumatic event that many veterans experience. Real combat footage is used in the film.
“TANGO ON THE BALCONY” was supported by over 450 people worldwide who contributed to our production budget and distribution campaign. The film participated in the Cannes Short Film Corner in May 2016.
"TANGO ON THE BALCONY” was shot in New York City and Nicosia, Cyprus in August and September, 2015 and was fully completed on March 1st 2016.
The film premiered at the G. I. Film Festival in Washington D.C. and screened in festivals in New York and Texas. Please visit our screenings page for upcoming shows, or contact us to request a screening.
“TANGO ON THE BALCONY” is now available for educators and health care providers who wish to use the film as a tool for PTSD awareness. Please click here to watch on Kanopy Streaming or request the film from your institution's librarian.