4N4J Series: Almost Sunrise

April 19, 2017 - 6:00 pm

Event Category: 4 Nights 4 Justice

6:00 champagne reception before each film and a Q&A afterwards with the filmmakers.

Guest Filmmaker: Marty Syjuco, Producer

Winner of the Moving Mountains Award at the Telluride Mountainfilm Festival.

Recently, researchers and therapists on the frontlines of veterans’ care have started to identify what may be a critical factor in the overall suicide crisis – a sort of “missing link” – a condition called “moral injury”. Dr. Brett Litz, a pioneer in the study of moral injury, points out that, “The key precondition for moral injury is an act of transgression, which shatters moral and ethical expectations that are rooted in religious or spiritual beliefs, or culture-based, organizational, and group-based rules about fairness, the value of life…” The injury can arise in a variety of forms ranging from “….perpetrating, failing to prevent, bearing witness to, or learning about acts that transgress deeply held moral beliefs and expectations.”

As a society are we cognizant of what we have put our veterans through?  Are we doing enough to understand the damage inflicted during their service to our country?  Are we providing the necessary support and a path back to normalcy?

Almost Sunrise follows two Iraq veterans, Tom Voss and Anthony Anderson, both tormented by depression for years after they returned home and pushed to the edge of suicide. The two embark on an extraordinary journey – a 2,700 mile walk across the country from Wisconsin to California, in order to reflect on their haunting experiences of war and to ultimately, save themselves.

“A lot of the film…. is about mental health issues and more holistic approaches to healing, and community support, and bridging that perceived divide between the military and the civilian population. So we’re just looking for every which way that we can use this film as a tool to further along all of those missions.” (Michael Collins, Director)

This series is supported in part by The Michael Dively Social Justice and Diversity Endowment, the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys and Holly S. Merrill.

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