Body of War is an award-winning documentary by Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro about a gung-ho Army soldier, Tomas Young, wounded in Iraq on his fourth day there. Young returns home with a Purple Heart, in a wheelchair, his body paralyzed-yet anything but politically paralyzed. Says Young, "I want this film to be a tool for counter-recruitment." So, no, you're probably not going to see this one at the megaplex with the "Army of One" ads, but you can watch it with local families of veterans and vets themselves at (of all things) a backyard pool party with politics. OC's chapter of Military Families Speak Out, a national network of anti-war active-duty families, provides the dogs and burgers-you bring your swimsuit, your conscience and a checkbook. Cannonball!
Fri., July 11, 7 p.m., 2008