Today's short is the trailer for Almost Sunrise (American Documentary | POV/ITVS), a documentary that follows ex-soldiers and friends Tom Voss and Anthony Anderson on their 2,700-mile walk together across the United States, from Wisconsin to California, as they seek to confront and heal from their "moral injuries" — invisible wounds —from military service in the Iraq war.
The 90-minute film, by Michael Collins and Marty Syjuco, uncovers and examines the epidemic of suicide among returning soldiers who are haunted by combat experiences, such as having to kill a child, that go against personal and deeply held beliefs.
The documentary premiered at Telluride MountainFilm in Colorado in May 2016, and debuted on the East Coast at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in New York City (June 11 and 13); additional screenings are planned at the AFI DOCS Film Festival in Washington, D.C., on June 23 and 24.
View still photos from Almost Sunrise on Flickr.
Almost Sunrise on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube
Read Jane E. Brody's Well blogpost, "War Wounds That Time Alone Can't Heal", The New York Times, June 6, 2016.
The concept of "moral injury" is explained in this video:
Moral Injury Resources at Military Outreach USA (Northbrook, Illinois)