2 Wisconsin Schools to Screen Film About Post-Iraq Veteran Life

Documenting post-Iraq life for two veterans, the powerful response to ‘Almost Sunrise’ has translated the film into a movement for change and rehabilitation.

Upon returning home from Iraq, veterans Anthony Anderson and Tom Voss are haunted by their war experiences and face the temptation of suicide. They choose an alternate route–a 2,700 mile walk from Milwaukee to Los Angeles. Almost Sunrise documents this soul-bearing journey in an award-winning film that has been so influential, it has grown into a movement to support and empower veterans who are dealing with moral injury.

The Moving Mountains Impact Campaign hopes to provoke conversation about moral injury and its correlation to the veterans’ suicide crisis, increase access to healing tools for veterans and create effective community support for veteran reintegration. In addition, the campaign is promoting legislation to bolster complementary holistic practices for veterans and their families.

Directed by Michael Collins, the film premiered at Telluride Mountainfilm and won the top prize, the Moving Mountains Award. Since then, the film won an Audience Award in Toronto and Best Thought Provoking Film in Hawaii. The film is currently in the midst of a busy community and festival screening tour, which includes a stop at UW-Madison’s campus for the Wisconsin Film Festival on April 1.

The Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology Graduate Student Organization at Marquette University will be screening the film at Katharine Reed Cudahy Hall (1313 W. Wisconsin Ave.) on April 7 at 7 p.m. The screening is free and open to the public.



Elisabeth Wallock is a contributing digital editor at Milwaukee Magazine. She graduated from Colorado State University and has interned at Marie Claire in New York and Urban Outfitters in London.