EXCLUSIVE

Daddy Doll

25 minutes

What solace can a child take from a soldier doll with his father’s face?

In the US, war has increasingly become the long-term burden of a small percentage of the population. Since the beginning of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, many US military families have endured multiple overseas deployments. In Daddy Doll, Dutch filmmaker Kasper Verkaik follows the young Gutierrez family of Fort Polk in Louisiana as they prepare for nine months of separation. A subtle exploration of complex psychological forces, Daddy Doll powerfully conveys the fraught, uncertain experience of war for the family of those who leave to fight.

Director: Kasper Verkaik

Producer: Frank van den Engel

Support Aeon

Ideas can change the world

Aeon is a registered charity committed to the spread of knowledge and a cosmopolitan worldview.

But we can’t do it without you.

Aeon is a registered charity committed to the spread of knowledge and a cosmopolitan worldview. Our mission is to create a sanctuary online for serious thinking.

No ads, no paywall, no clickbait – just thought-provoking ideas from the world’s leading thinkers, free to all. But we can’t do it without you.

There are two ways to support Aeon:

Become a Friend for $5 a month or Make a one-off donation

Essay/Love & Friendship
Why women stray

Evolutionary theory says men stray to increase offspring, but what motivates women? Enter the mate-switching hypothesis

David Buss

Essay/Neuroscience
The kindled brain

If each bout of depression, bipolar disorder or PTSD makes another more likely, should sufferers stay on medication for life?

Elizabeth Svoboda