By Minos PAPAS


Social issues - Completed 2016

Faced with the apparition of someone he may have killed in combat, Iraqi war veteran John Wexler struggles with the continuing symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and his transition to civilian life.

& Awards

G.I. Film Festival 2016
Soho International Film Festival 2016
NYC Greek Film Festival 2016
Fort Worth Indie Film Showcase 2016
Best Foreign Short - Overall
Fort Worth Infie Film Showcase 2016
Best Foreign Short - Drama
International Short Film Festival of Cyprus 2016
National Competition - WINNER BEST DIRECTOR
Big Apple Film Festival 2016
Delhi Shorts International Film Festival 2016
    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • Social issues
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • N/A
    • Duration
    • 19 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Minos PAPAS
    • Writer(s)
    • Minos PAPAS
    • Producer(s)
    • Michael DAY, Liz SARGENT (Cyprian Films, New York)
    • Synopsis
    • “TANGO ON THE BALCONY” is about Johnny, an Iraq war veteran who wrestles with PTSD and his transition to civilian life. Johnny is tormented by hyper vigilance, insom-nia, isolation and the lingering questions of his actions in combat. Visited fleetingly by Abdullah, an Iraqi teenager whom he killed in combat, Johnny tries to ask the lingering questions that crowd his mind, but Abdullah’s answers do not provide any respite. John-ny is frequently in a state of hyper vigilance on the bustling streets of NYC. He struggles with the helmet-cam video footage of combat that he has brought back from Iraq: The video provides Johnny with the comfort of accuracy that memory does not have, but it also induces anxiety. The film compares combat video playback to the memory of a traumatic event that many veterans experience. Real combat footage is used in the film.