Directed by Jillian Moul and Matthew Moul
Surviving Home is an intimate documentary that follows four U.S. military veterans from different generations over an eight year period as they rebuild their lives after war. Interwoven with veterans’ voices from across the country, their unique paths of healing and transformation shed light on long-term consequences of war and raise questions about the roots of war and societal cycles of violence.
A severely injured Iraq War veteran discovers a new voice that helps heal his wounds of war, as he and his wife struggle to keep their marriage alive. A Vietnam War veteran becomes a Buddhist monk in an effort to come to terms with the carnage and dehumanization of combat. A female Iraq War veteran fights through the effects of Military Sexual Trauma to take on the U.S. government in a class-action lawsuit that could improve the lives of the next wave of men and women in uniform. A World War II veteran, who waited years to receive military benefits, spends time helping others with the support of a young, civically-minded Marine Corps veteran looking out for him.
Through perseverance, humor, inner reflection, courage, and the determination to help others, they overcome many challenges, yet they cannot foresee each bend in the road that lies ahead.
The Community Partner for this screening is Veterans Outreach Center.
Jillian Moul, ACE is a Primetime Emmy Award nominee and a member of the American Cinema Editors. Among her credits are the feature documentary Fame High with Oscar-nominated director Scott Hamilton Kennedy and three feature films with director Jon M. Chu for Paramount, Universal and Blumhouse. She worked on two award-winning, critically acclaimed Showtime series, Time of Death and L Word Mississippi. Ms. Moul edited HBO’s Brave New Voices, the Sundance Channel’s Big Ideas for a Small Planet and RJ Cutler’s 30 Days. Ms. Moul recently worked on a Netflix series, Remastered, with director Sara Dosa and renowned documentary filmmaker Barbara Kopple. Ms. Moul’s father is a U.S. Army veteran who served in the Korean War.
Matthew Moul is a Primetime Emmy Award-winning editor, producer and director who has worked for HBO, Showtime, PBS, among other networks and platforms. He edited and produced the feature documentary, N OF 1, which premiered at the 2018 Cinequest Film Festival. He is Co-Executive Producer of the Netflix series Made in Mexico, and was Co-Executive Producer and Editor of The Runner-Up, produced by Lightbox Entertainment. Matthew has three Emmy nominations and was part of the bilingual team which earned a Peabody Award for the groundbreaking series, A Place of Our Own/Los Niños en su Casa. Matthew’s grandfather paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving on board the USS Franklin in WWII.
FILMMAKERS STATEMENT :
The only way that our nation is going to properly care for military veterans is to connect with them in everyday life. That’s not happening. There’s a huge chasm between veterans and civilians, and if that’s not bridged, things won’t change. We’ll keep sending troops to war and won’t be able to offer them sufficient and deserving support, services and benefits in the months and years after their military service. We have to connect the two sides, and that’s what we’re doing with SURVIVING HOME. If we know veterans on a personal level, we’re going to be more invested and active in creating policies that need to be in place to properly support veterans back home.