FINDING SATAN relays a story of an unbreakable bond between soldiers – one human, one canine — forged in the heat of battle and remaining forever; and shows the power of healing that comes when two American war heroes are finally reunited. The valor of these canine soldiers who protect us, serve us, and save us is undeniable. In return, from a grateful nation — they deserve the same from us.
SGT. RYAN HENDERSON (ret.) and SATAN
Upon completion of U.S. Army Infantry School, Airborne school, and multiple Special Operations courses at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, Sgt. Ryan Henderson served with the 82nd Airborne, 1/504 PIR, 1st Brigade combat team. He joined the U.S. Army in 2007 and initially served in Iraq in 2009-2010. After training in the Army’s Tactical Explosive Detector Dog (TEDD) program, he and his German Shepherd TEDD dog — Satan were deployed to Afghanistan in 2012 where together they served side-by-side and successfully completed over a dozen multi-day missions, as well as daily checkpoint details.
Sgt. Henderson was separated from Satan following an injury from combat. After searching for Satan for five years to adopt him at retirement as his handler, Sgt. Henderson finally was reunited with his canine partner after legal action. Sgt. Henderson lives in Arlington, Texas with his family where he works in the construction management field and continues to travel and speak to raise awareness for other handlers still hoping to one day be reunited with their battle buddies.
Frances Arricale is the producer of FINDING SATAN, an award-winning short documentary film about two American soldiers who served side-by-side — one human and one canine, and the search efforts to reunite them both in retirement. Frances is a government relations attorney by profession. She works on pro bono legal efforts to promote increased welfare protections in the law for military working dogs and their veteran handlers. Frances produced this short film to raise public awareness about this veterans’ issue — to highlight the valiant service of these canine soldiers and the need to ensure their well-being into their civilian lives, including first-priority adoptions by their veteran soldier handlers for their mutual benefit. Frances’ film company LZM Productions, LLC is named for her own three rescue dogs — Lexi, Zuma, and Maverick, who remind her daily about the gifts our animals are in our lives in all capacities in which they serve, and our obligations to protect them. Frances Arricale is expected to attend.
This selection of shorts includes documentaries spanning from the Civil War to present day conflicts.