Erin Palmquist / International Experience, Women Filmmaker, Post 9/11, LGBTQ+, Iraq War, New Mission / USA / 2018 / documentary / 68 minsFrom Baghdad to The Bay follows the epic journey of Ghazwan Alsharif, an Iraqi refugee and former translator for the U.S. military. Wrongfully accused of being a double agent, tortured by the U.S. military, and ostracized from family and country, we follow Ghazwan as he struggles to rebuild his life in the United States while coming out as an openly gay activist.
Preceded by: Coming Out to Grandma
Stephanie Heim / Healing, Marines, Women Filmmaker, Local Film Showcase, Women in Service / USA / 2018 / narrative / 4 minsA Marine deals with loss.
Melanie Brown / Healing, Military Sexual Trauma, Animation, Student Film, Women Filmmaker, Post 9/11, Women in Service / USA / 2017 / narrative / 4 mins"Lion in a Box" is an experimental film that elucidates the margins of sacrifice and combat.This first person documentary recounts one woman's military training, and the battles she endured to achieve her goals.
Ashley Cusato / African American Experience, Marines, Women Filmmaker, Local Film Showcase, Vietnam War / USA / 2018 / documentary / 85 mins"Major Capers: The Legend of Team Broadminded" is an honest and unflinching documentary that portrays the extraordinary life story of Major James Capers, Jr. an American hero, who persevered through adversity and after 50 classified missions rose to become one of the most decorated Force Recon Marines in history.
Film Block: Fight for Equality
UltraStar Cinemas at Hazard Center
September 30, 2018 12:00 pm
L. V. O'Connell / Made By or Starring Military Members or Veterans, Women Filmmaker, Local Film Showcase / USA / 2017 / narrative / 10 minsSatellite Drop is based on the true story of U.S. Marine Michael Johnston on his first tour of duty and the Sergeant responsible for training him at a remote Intelligence Post in Scotland. Things take an unexpected turn after the two learn they’ve been assigned Satellite Drop duty. Their task is to deliver a canister of intel to the Watch Officer before time runs out.
Sareen Hairabedian / Arts, Healing, Women Filmmaker, Post 9/11 / USA / 2018 / documentary / 40 minsTen U.S. veterans of varied backgrounds come together at a poetry workshop to combat their traumatic military pasts through the art of written word.
Precedes: The Weight of Honor
Stephanie Seldin Howard / Families in Service, Healing, Women Filmmaker, Post 9/11 / USA / 2017 / documentary / 56 minsSix women meet the challenges of caring for their veterans wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, revealing their personal, emotional, and physical struggles while demonstrating strength and resiliency when their worlds are turned upside down.
Preceded by: We Are Not Done Yet
Rebecca Shore / International Experience, Healing, Women Filmmaker, Post 9/11 / Israel / 2017 / documentary / 70 minsYoung Israeli soldiers forge a new identity and rebuild their lives after sustaining serious injury during service. Through reaching out to those in need, they discover renewed meaning and healing in giving to others.