Laurent Bécue-Renard spent a year in Bosnia during the war, where he wrote a series of short stories, The Sarajevo Chronicles.
There, he began exploring the psychological legacies of war with a group of young widows in therapy. His film about them—War-Wearied—received awards at the 2001 Berlinale (Peace Film Award), San Francisco IFF, and FID Marseille.
His next film continued to explore the psychological aftermath of war with young US men returning home after tours of duty. Of Men and War premiered in Cannes (Official Selection), received a European Film Academy Best Documentary nomination, and won prizes at IDFA (Best Feature-Length Film) as well as at the San Francisco IFF (Special Jury Recognition). These two films—along with a third focusing on childhood, conflict, and therapy: Youth of War—constitute a trilogy called The Genealogy of Wrath.