Thanks to all of you, we’ve made great strides with “After The War.” The scenes and interviews that we filmed last fall are insightful and deeply moving. The footage is beautiful. The story is taking shape. We’re confident that the work we’ve accomplished to date provides a strong foundation for the all the work ahead of us.
Even a cursory glance at the day’s headlines reveals the staggering burden that soldiers and their families carry in our names. We are committed to making a unique, compelling documentary that uncovers the invisible wounds of war and intimately explores the complex question of healing its trauma.
Recently, however, we’ve come to the painful realization that we cannot base the film on the life and work of Claude AnShin Thomas. While this significantly changes our intended narrative, our work will continue. We’re immensely grateful to AnShin for all we’ve learned from him about the real costs of war and the unsentimental practice of non-violence.
Moving forward, the film will profile combat Veterans from past and current conflicts who know war and its consequences directly. They have fought, witnessed and sacrificed more than we can fathom. Their lives have been forever changed; they wear their wounds on the inside. As they share their personal journeys after the war, their courage and candor provide entry to a powerful story of healing in an increasingly violent world.
Tens of thousands of troops are expected home in the next few years, generations of Veterans struggle silently with PTSD, and calls for new wars echo the old. For all these reasons, we’re committed to telling the story of “After The War.”
We thank you, most sincerely, for being part of this effort from the very beginning, and for your continued interest today. We'll keep you updated as the film progresses.
Mary, Henry and Sam