Almost Sunrise tells the inspiring story of two young men, Tom Voss and Anthony Anderson, who, in an attempt to put their haunting Iraq combat experiences behind them, embark on an extraordinary journey - a 2,700 mile trek on foot across America. Will this epic pilgrimage be enough to release them from their self-destructive impulses and give them the chance to begin life anew?
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It’s sad that this documentary has only one review, now two.... I’m shaking as I write this, and wish we, the United States, would do more for our veterans.... THEY HAVE BEEN LEFT BEHIND.... I Am going to do something about this, and I dont have a clue where to start. This documentary has really shaken me up... If you read this please watch it, and ask one other person to do so as well...
I think anyone can benefit form watching this. Even if you are not a veteran of war, you are a veteran of life and would guess many of us have suffered some type of moral injury. So glad that at the end of the movie both Tom and Anthony were able to see a bigger perspective and found ways to help heal thanks to their own efforts and many others.
As a side note the following words spoken in prayer by the guy with the NRA hat-requesting the Lord 'that each and every one of us have our hearts grow and be increased in our ability to care for one another.', almost brought me to tears. So much for stereotypes. Again and again you just see humans wanting to help and root for fellow human beings. It makes me so sick that this country is so divided in the media, but the reality is that we have the same hopes and wishes no matter how different we may seem. To me, documentaries like this prove that most of us only want unity, not division.
Reviewed in the United States on February 22, 2019
This is a really inspiring and powerful documentary on PTSD/suffering combat vets who mobilize and transform their lives through their journey. I show this in treatment for inspiration and work with combat Vets in addiction recovery settings. Well worth the watch! And we do need to support our Veterans and give them their humanity and lives back!
We are taught that hurting or killing others is a terrible thing to do....unless you are at war. War is glorified, macho, and there is no room, no opportunity for these young people to develop normally, as 18-19 years should. They are placed in a structured, controlled, violent environment and told over and over again that what they are doing is essential and a "service" to their country. They are not allowed to feel, well that could get them, or their friends killed, it would slow their reactions, dull their perceptions. So they live in hyper-arousal, ready at any moment for catastrophic demands, life and death events and they have not even finished developing their frontal lobes! The chronic stress is toxic, justice becomes a torn veil and there is a loss of self, there is shame, guilt, fear, anxiety, depression and they are not prepared to return home to a non-combat life. War, war for what?
Although I was somewhat aware of the suffering many gets experience, I had no idea of the extent. This film is so well done, giving us a taste of the suffering, but at the same time the efforts finally being made to help. These are our people, these Americans, and we owe it to them to be aware of the problem and find whatever way we can to help...even if it's just sending energy into the universe for their healing and spreading word of the problem. I was very moved and saddened...but so uplifted that the situation is now finally being recognized.
While looking at movies about hiking, Almost Sunrise was suggested. It is a powerful story and now has me looking deeper into some of the work that was discussed in the film. I hope it gets shown far and wide.