‘Body of War’
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‘Body of War’

Tomas Young, an Iraq war veteran paralyzed after being shot only five days into his stint overseas, addresses the crowd at Stubb’s Bar-B-Q in Austin, Texas, which had gathered to honor Young, who was promoting the documentary film “Body of War.” It details his evolution from solider to antiwar activist. The March 13 event was part of the South by Southwest Music Festival.

Read the story: A war vet’s unlikely seat in the spotlight (Mark Matson / For The Times)
Musician Billy Bragg, an English-born artist who blends elements of folk music, punk and protest songs, performs at the “Body of War” concert in Austin. (Mark Matson / For The Times)
Ben Harper performs a short set of his music at the March 13 concert honoring Young. (Mark Matson / For The Times)
Serj Tankian, lead singer of the band System of a Down, performs as a solo artist at the “Body of War” show. (Mark Matson / For The Times)
The musicians at the “Body of War” concert take to the stage with antiwar activist Young to thank the audience for coming out to Stubb’s Bar-B-Q in Austin to honor Young and help promote the documentary of Young’s struggles since returning from Iraq. (Mark Matson / For The Times)
Young, right, chats with musician Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine backstage at the Stubb’s show after Morello’s solo performance. (Mark Matson / For The Times)
Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder, left, who performed solo at the Stubb’s concert, joins “Body of War” filmmakers Ellen Spiro and Phil Donahue in greeting Young backstage. Young and Vedder, both fervent critics of the Iraq war, have struck up a friendship that often has them talking on the phone long into the night. (Mobilus Media)
Young and U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-W. Va.) talk over issues in Washington, D.C., in a scene from “Body of War.” The documentary is Young’s coming-home story as he evolves into a new person, dealing with his disability and finding his own passionate voice against the war. (Kevin McKinney / Mobilus Media)
Members of the group Gold Star Mothers who have lost sons and daughters in the Iraq war gather around Young during a Washington, D.C. peace march in a scene from “Body of War.” (Ellen Spiro / Mobilus Media)
Young poses with his brother Nathan in a scene from the film, which opens April 25 in Los Angeles. (Ellen Spiro)