"The Real War," a documentary film series about the current military occupations, debuts in Bloomington with the screening of Body of War on at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 16, in the Monroe County Public Library Auditorium.

Bluntly and intimately, Body of War scrutinizes the day-to-day life of a disabled veteran, Tomas Young, 25 years old, who was shot in Iraq, struggles to survive as a paraplegic and speaks out publicly against the war. The camera follows Young closely over a period of months, when he passes some important milestones in his life.

Directed in 2008 by Ellen Spiro and Phil Donahue, Body of War won the National Board of Review's Best Documentary Award.

"The Post called the film 'powerful.' The Times said it was 'impossible not to like.'"

Critics from across the political spectrum have raved about Body of War, including the Washington Post, Fox News, the San Francisco Chronicle, New York Times and many others.

The Post called the film "powerful." The Times said it was "impossible not to like." Time magazine called it a "superb documentary ... almost unbearably moving." The Boston Phoenix called it "stirring and poetic, " and CBS News called it "unforgettable." Fox called it "riveting." The Kansas City Star said it was "deeply compelling." The Village Voice called the film "deeply affecting."

The next film in "The Real War" series will be Rethink Afghanistan, to be screened on Oct. 21. Occupation 101 will follow on Nov. 19.

"The Real War" film series is free and open to the public and sponsored by the Bloomington Peace Action Coalition.

Linda Greene can be reached at lgreene@bloomington.in.us.