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GI Film Festival San Diego 2018

The Weight of Honor

Directed by Stephanie Seldin Howard

Families in Service, Healing, Women Filmmaker, Post 9/11 / USA / 2017 / documentary / 56 mins / English / San Diego Premiere

Plays In:
Film Block: Life After Service

UltraStar Cinemas at Hazard Center
September 29, 2018 1:00 pm


“The Weight of Honor” is the first comprehensive documentary to chronicle the lives of the caregivers and families of veterans severely injured in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The film’s subjects are five spouses and one mother who give a rare glimpse into their lives, as everyone grapples with finding a “new normal” after the devastating effects of war injuries. Filmed over five years and in many states, this journey reveals the thoughts and struggles of the caregivers tasked with the 24/7 care of once able-bodied and self-assured sons and husbands, but are now dependent on others. The life of the caregiver is often unsung and hidden. “The Weight of Honor” reveals disrupted lives, ongoing uncertainties, and the courage and strength of these women as they make a new home during the most calamitous time of their lives. Included are key interviews with veterans who are now serving in Congress and experts who give their insight into the new reality of what it means for a wounded warrior to come home.


Filmmaker Stephanie Howard is scheduled to attend.


GI Film Festival San Diego Nomination
Best Documentary Short


Director's Bio

Stephanie believes empathy is the driving force behind storytelling, something she attributes to her 25-year career as a broadcast news producer. The Omaha, Nebraska native is the recipient of a Los Angeles Emmy Award and two Los Angeles Emmy nominations. Stephanie has produced specials and documentaries for CNN, Fox News Channel, and Reuters as well as local coverage for KNBC-TV and KTTV-TV in Los Angeles. She was the co-producer of “Refusenik,” a documentary about the decades-long movement to free Jews held against their will by the Soviet Union. In 2014 Stephanie was awarded the Roy W. Dean Grant from From the Heart Productions making her documentary “The Weight of Honor” possible. She is a member of the International Documentary Association, Film Fatales, and Film Independent.

Plays in

  1. Film Block: Life After Service

    Arts, Families in Service, Healing, Post 9/11
    This film pairing features stories post-service journey of healing and recovery. This film block includes "We Are Not Done Yet" and "The Weight of Honor".

    In This Program: We Are Not Done Yet, The Weight of Honor

Preceded By

  1. We Are Not Done Yet

    Sareen Hairabedian / Arts, Healing, Women Filmmaker, Post 9/11 / USA / 2018 / documentary / 40 mins
    Ten 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

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Dates & Times

Plays In:
Film Block: Life After Service

UltraStar Cinemas at Hazard Center
September 29, 2018 1:00 pm