Sparrow tells the kind of story that is normally hidden from New Zealand’s grand narratives of war … stories of ordinary men whose experiences and reactions didn’t fit the sanctioned picture of heroic sacrifice. Many such stories still lie hidden in our families and “Sparrow” attempts to bring one to the surface. Men who committed suicide, defied orders, deserted, or came back psychologically shattered, have been largely expunged from history. These were ordinary men and their stories deserve to be heard and understood as part of the broader reality. Films like “Sparrow” strive to make accessible what has been silenced.