Veterans PTSD Documentary
SEARCHING FOR HOME: COMING BACK FROM WAR
National Broadcast Premiere Veterans Day On KCETLink
KCETLink and New Directions for Veterans Partner to Salute Our Nation's Veterans
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BURBANK, Calif. - October 14, 2015 - KCETLink Media Group, a leading national independent non-profit public broadcast and digital network presents the national television broadcast premiere of the powerful documentary SEARCHING FOR HOME: COMING BACK FROM WAR, which explores the harrowing effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on military families after veterans return from combat spanning World War II to Afghanistan. The film kicks off season two of LINK VOICES, KCETLink's weekly series of diverse, provocative, globally-sourced documentaries that inform, inspire and challenge viewers to impact change.
From Executive Producer Anthony Edwards ("ER") and Director Eric Christiansen ("Homecoming: A Vietnam Vets Journey"), SEARCHING FOR HOME: COMING BACK FROM WAR will air onVeterans Day (Nov. 11) at 9 p.m. PT on KCET in Southern California and at 9 p.m. ET/PT nationally on Link TV (DirecTV Channel 375 and Dish Network Channel 9410).
With an upcoming premiere screening event slated for Nov. 2, KCETLink Media Group has partnered with New Directions for Veterans to raise awareness for veterans suffering from PTSD and to provide resources for their recovery process.
Built on the pillars of The Truth, The Healing and The Hope, SEARCHING FOR HOME: COMING BACK FROM WAR is an emotional and unflinching look at returning veterans and their search for the "home" they left behind physically, mentally and spiritually. From World War II, Korea and Vietnam to modern-day conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the documentary chronicles the journey of multi-generational men and women who come back from combat only to discover new and difficult challenges as profoundly changed people suffering from PTSD. The film also spotlights the veterans' family members, who also grapple with issues of grief and trauma when their loved ones return. SEARCHING FOR HOME: COMING BACK FROM WAR offers viewers a window into how these brave men and women can begin healing and regain hope utilizing myriad treatments and activities and, above all, helping others along the healing path.
Critical to the making of the film were a variety of organizations that include The Battle Buddy Foundation, David Westphall Veteran's Foundation, Heart 9/11, Mid America All-Indian Center,Etkin Lab at Stanford University, Veterans Airlift Command, Achilles International, Wounded Heroes Program of Maine, Purple Heart Homes and Run For The Wall.
"KCETLink is proud to present SEARCHING FOR HOME: COMING BACK FROM WAR and partner with an organization so vital to this cause so we can recognize the difficult journey of our nation's heroes and understand the challenges they face once they are home from war," said KCETLink Media Group's Senior Vice President of Broadcasting, Programming and Syndication Bohdan Zachary. "This film is a significant undertaking representing the hearts and minds of the many diverse communities impacted by PTSD. We are truly grateful for this opportunity to bring this important project to viewers across Los Angeles and into the homes of Americans across the nation."
New Directions For Veterans hosted its 7th annual "Honoring Our Heroes" gala on Oct. 4 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, where actor John Savage ("The Deer Hunter") introduced a sneak peek ofSEARCHING FOR HOME: COMING BACK FROM WAR. The LA-based organization is committed to building a national community in which all at-risk veterans and their families lead lives of honor, dignity, well-being and respect, by helping veterans transition out of homelessness, find jobs, obtain homes and reunite with loved ones.
Beginning mid-October through Memorial Day 2016, a dedicated online hub at kcet.org/veterans andlinktv.org/veterans will feature an ongoing series of short vignettes that highlight some of the veterans and organizations featured in SEARCHING FOR HOME: COMING BACK FROM WAR, providing an in-depth look at these heroic individuals and their personal stories.
"SEARCHING FOR HOME has been a six-year odyssey for me, one of love, friendship and most of all, empathy," said the film's director Eric Christiansen ("Homecoming: A Vietnam Vets Journey"). "I have always believed my work is so much more than just making a film."
The documentary's national broadcast premiere follows an Oscar-qualifying theatrical run in New York and Los Angeles in August.
"Searching for Home" is strikingly photographed by Mr. Christiansen and is sure to give comfort and support to countless veterans and their families."
-Anita Gates, New York Times
"A well-edited, well-organized and heartfelt doc that provides hope for anyone dealing with PTSD."
-Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
To learn more, please visit kcet.org/veterans. Join the conversation on social media using #veterans, #searchingforhome
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