STRESS follows five young veterans from Pittsburgh who served in Afghanistan or Iraq after 9/11. Joe, Torrie, Mike, James and Justin tell stories of their experience in the war and their process of adjusting to civilian life back home. Veterans only make up 2% of the U.S. population, but they carry almost all of the physical and psychological burden of recent wars – a decade of trauma and injury. The film finds a unique visual language, using extreme slow motion to make the difficulties of adjusting to civilian life after the experience of war emotionally tangible for the audience.
FLORIAN BARON was born in 1984 and studied at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF. In 2015 he founded the production company Machnitzky Filmproduktion. His films include: RADIO TAXI (2010, short doc), THE FINAL CALL (2012, doc), JOE BOOTS (short doc, 2017), and STRESS (doc, 2018).