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.