High Ground

In the tradition of many military films before it, the documentary High Ground tells the story of a number of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans overcoming the trauma of war. The film sees its final Sarasota Film Festival screening today at 6:45 and filmmakers are in attendance.

I saw the film and can tell you many of these stories are special. The documentarians follow a group of disabled and troubled vets as they go mountain-climbing in Nepal in order to summit Mount Lobuche. Some of the vets are funny, like the adventurous Chad Jukes, a one-legged vet who revels in going to athletic stores to buy mountain-climbing shoes one at a time. There are also terrifying stories told, such as when Steve Baskis, a veteran blinded in an attack, describes the terror of looking constantly into a dark abyss for the rest of his life, haunted by the sights of combat as the last images he would ever see.

If you want to know more, check out the screening of High Ground at 6:45pm at the Hollywood 20.Image

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