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GI Film Festival San Diego 2018


Directed by Harry Sanna

Healing, Post 9/11 / USA / 2017 / documentary / 87 mins / English / West Coast Premiere

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UltraStar Cinemas at Hazard Center
September 30, 2018 3:00 pm


After saving lives on the battlefields of Afghanistan, members of a medevac unit return home to their families, each wounded in different ways. Australian journalist and filmmaker Harry Sanna were based in Afghanistan between 2009 and 2011, during which he was embedded with the C Company Dustoff, Mountain Division, 3-10 GSAB medevac unit. Harry filmed the time he spent living and flying alongside a Blackhawk medevac platoon, capturing daily life on base and on missions and befriending the medics. In 2014 and 2015, Harry reconnected with the medics and pilots in their hometowns and conducted frank interviews with each of them about their memories and also their success in integrating their experiences with their new jobs and home lives. The result is a candid and often moving portrayal of those individuals that offers insight into the challenges faced by many veterans. This film contains graphic material. Viewer discretion advised.


Producer David Gaddie is scheduled to attend.


GI Film Festival San Diego Nomination

Best First-Time Filmmaker

Director's Bio

Harry Sanna is a documentary filmmaker, cinematographer and cross-media journalist. His work has taken him from Australia to India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan, Haiti, Afghanistan, Jordan and the United States. Harry’s work has been featured in publications including The New York Times, The National, The Sydney Morning Herald, GlobalPost, Motherland and the Huffington Post. His work from Afghanistan has also appeared on CBS and PBS.

Preceded By

  1. Do No Harm

    Marielle Woods / Post 9/11 / USA / 2017 / narrative / 8 mins
    A combat medic attempts to hold on to humanity in the midst of a war much bigger than himself.

    Precedes: Trauma

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UltraStar Cinemas at Hazard Center
September 30, 2018 3:00 pm