Healing Soul Wounds

Healing Soul Wounds

$15 (*Film Block)

Documentary Short

8 Minutes

Sarah Dale Studios

Healing Soul Wounds is an eight-minute journey that follows disabled Iraq war veteran John Dale, as he tells his story of recovering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Filmed by his wife, Sarah, John explains how he found emotional healing through REBOOT Combat Recovery. Dale (U.S. Army National Guard, Ret.), returned home in 2005 to face a ten-year journey of recovery from combat. Mental, physical and spiritual wounds pushed him to the brink of suicide as he struggled to find the help he needed to live a normal life. This is a common story because after 15 years of conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan, more U.S. veterans have died by suicide than were killed in action. We go on to learn about how his physical injuries forced him out of the military thereby crushing his identity of being a soldier. He tells us how helping other veterans through REBOOT has brought him healing as well as offered him hope and purpose that he had been lacking for a long time.

Sarah Dale – Director

Sarah Dale, an artist, and filmmaker, is a recent graduate of the MFA studio art program at American University in Washington, DC. “Healing Soul Wounds,” her eight-minute student film about her veteran husband is being screened at the 2016 GI Film Festival in Washington, DC. A first-time filmmaker, Dale created the film while studying under Bill Gentile in his Backpack Documentary course at American University. Dale is already at work on her next documentary project – a participatory social documentary about the widows left behind after a veteran dies by suicide, currently titled, “Widows of the 22” (WidowsOfThe22.org).

As a fine artist, Dale has already been included in various group art shows in both the U.S. and internationally including “Strategic Acts of Seeing and Knowing, and Not,” at HilbertRaum Gallery in Berlin, Germany and “[Insert Non-Pretentious Title Here],” at the Katzen Arts Center Museum in Washington, DC. Dale was honored to receive both the Hope for the Warriors Caregiver Scholarship and the Folds of Honor Foundation Caregiver Scholarship for her artwork and research at American University, among other awards. Last summer she participated in the Glogau Artist in Residence program (GlogauAIR) in Berlin, Germany, which coincided with an open studios exhibition in which Dale shared her work among other international resident artists. Learn more about her artwork at SarahDaleStudios.com. Dale currently lives and works in Washington, DC.

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