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Almost Sunrise is a story of Resilience & Recovery.
In an attempt to put haunting combat experiences behind them, two friends embark on an epic 2,700-mile trek on foot across America, seeking redemption and healing as a way to close the moral chasm opened by war.
Almost Sunrise is an intimate, vérité film that eschews stereotypes and instead captures an unprecedented portrait of veterans — one of hope, potential and untold possibilities.
"The film depicts the emotional agony and self-destructive aftermath of moral injury and follows two sufferers along a path that alleviates their psychic distress and offers hope for eventual recovery."
A rare, hopeful look at the life of a veteran, beyond his demons – from the Emmy® Award nominated creators of Give Up Tomorrow.
Almost Sunrise follows two Iraq veterans, Tom Voss and Anthony Anderson, who struggle with depression after returning home from service. Fearful of succumbing to the epidemic of veteran suicide (20 each day), they seek a lifeline and embark on a physical and spiritual journey across America as a way to confront their inner pain.
The film captures an intimate portrait of two friends, suffering from the invisible wounds of war, as they discover unlikely treatments: the healing effect of community, and the restorative power of silence and meditation.
“What can I say but what a triumph… Almost Sunrise was the focal point at the conference for social workers in the military. It fits with social work ideals of self-empowerment, client-centered care and a bio-psycho-social model.”
"Almost Sunrise explores the idea of moral injury as “an act of serious transgression that leads to serious inner conflict because the experience is at odds with core ethical and moral beliefs.”
"The film did a great job of portraying hope. That is the biggest weapon we can use against this crisis. That was something I really enjoyed, especially seeing how Tom received help and got better, because a lot of veterans out there feel hopeless. This film shows that we can get better and this is something that doesn’t have to be permanent."
"I couldn't have imagined the screening event coming together any better. I think this is the first step in making space for veterans both on and off campus to discuss mental health and for non-military students to understand the veteran experience."
"Films like Almost Sunrise create a true starting point to have something that is visual, real, and storytelling. It’s something that absolutely spurs conversation and questions. II walk away from the film with an even better depth of understanding from watching, and I’m so appreciative of that."
I loved that you made war and trauma everybody’s probable and something that has to be dealt with collectively. The film is layered and subtle enough to reach multiple audiences. There is something about the visual media, especially of the documentary with real people, that is so powerful.
"This will get college audiences thinking about issues they might not have thought about before. It’s not just about the technical aspects of war and what it does to you psychologically, but if there is a sense of the soul or spirit that might be injured, and how do you repair that in a way that might not be medical."
"I think what all my students will get out of this film is an appreciation for what these vets go through, and see the parallels in their own life. A lot of these kids have depression and other issues in their life... Anytime I can bring something that’s authentic to my students, that’s really the way they learn. And when I bring the actual people into the classroom it’s by far the best experience."
"I loved it. I learned about the veteran suicide crisis and the difference between PTSD and Moral Injury. Two students here committed suicide in the last two years. It’s a new way to show them the problem without saying “It only happens to you kids”. I think it’s definitely appropriate for high school students to watch and learn."
"Healing Our Warriors: Sharing the burdens veterans carry can help bring peace to their troubled souls"