Rice Ethnographic Film Society screening: Tattooed Under Fire


Ten years ago this week, the U.S. invasion of Iraq began. Thousands of men and women from Fort Hood, an hour north of Austin, were rotated into combat and the subsequent occupation. Upon coming home, many of these men and women went under the needle at River City Tattoo Parlor, across the street from the base. Using their bodies as a canvas, these soldiers told the stories of their time in Iraq, working with tattoo artists to channel their memories into intricate designs.

Tattooed Under Fire, directed by Nancy Schiesari, offers an intimate, character-driven portrait of these soldiers as they profess their pride, share their secrets and confess their fears. What emerges is an evocative, poignant and highly personal look at the human and cultural cost of war.

The screening will be followed by a talk-back with Craig Campbell, assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin, and Christina Sparrow, a Houston-based tattoo artist and co-owner of Gaslight Gallery.



Rice Cinema
6100 Main St.
Houston, TX 77005


Admission is free.
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