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Mountainfilm on Tour – Savannah: Honoring our Veterans

Nov 8, 2018

Mountainfilm on Tour – Savannah and DIRTT will host a special screening in honor of Veterans Day. A question and answer session with film directors and subjects will follow the films. A social hour at 5:30 p.m. will kick-off the event, and the program begins at 6:30 p.m.

The event is free to all veterans. General admission is $15.

The screening will include three documentary short films: Fear Us Women, Return from Desolation and Adventure Not War.

In Fear Us Women, David Darg follows Hanna Bohman, a woman who was living a comfortable existence in Canada when she learned of the horrors of ISIS. Outraged by the atrocities being committed, she decided to take the ultimate action, traveling to Syria and becoming a volunteer soldier with YPJ, an all-female Kurdish army. Through dust storms and tedium, training and firefights, Bohman offers an unprecedented front-line look at the female soldiers fighting for women’s liberation in the world’s most dangerous country.

Return from Desolation follows veteran Garrett Eaton. After returning from Afghanistan, Eaton was dangerously close to losing his family and his life to addiction when he found a river guiding program for American veterans. Trading the ups and downs of daily life for the twists and turns of the wild serpentine rivers of the American Southwest, Garrett became a part-time rafting guide and now splits his time between Desolation Canyon, Utah, and the oil fields of North Dakota. Slowly finding his way back from the brink, Garrett rediscovered what he has been fighting for deep in the canyons of Desolation.

Stacy Bare’s return from Iraq and subsequent healing is chronicled in Adventure Not War. After serving in the Army in Iraq, Bare found himself back home, abusing drugs and alcohol and on the verge of becoming a statistic. He no longer knew who he was. So Bare convinced two army buddies to deploy on a return mission to Iraq, to, of all things, make a ski movie. Racked by survivor’s guilt and reliving the horrors of their tours of duty, the amateur skiers were challenged to find redemption on rickety towropes and bony couloirs. This time around, they were not invading soldiers, but mountain lovers, building cultural bridges, working toward peace and rewriting a happier ending to their stories.


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