'After Fire' Doc Trailer Outlines Challenges Facing Female Veterans (Exclusive Video)
"We all have our stories. A victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, depression — it does not define who I am."
After Fire centers on the challenges facing female veterans, as shown in The Hollywood Reporter's exclusive debut of the documentary's trailer.
"In the military, the focus is the mission," says one veteran in the trailer. "Once the mission is over and you're transitioning to civilian life, you're in shock because there's so much trauma that happened, and you stuffed it away."
Set in the military outpost of San Antonio, Texas, the 90-minute film zooms in on three women who candidly confront physical and psychological trauma, bureaucratic dysfunction and the fallout of their experiences on their personal lives as they adjust to the civilian world.
"By following three women veterans as they adjust to the civilian world, After Fire shows how traumatic events like military sexual assault can reverberate in unexpected ways for years afterward," explains director and producer Brittany Huckabee. "Often, these women encounter a system unprepared to help them, and they struggle to communicate with loved ones who haven’t shared their experiences."
"But military women are resilient, and over the course of the film, its subjects gain insight that can apply to anyone seeking to overcome trauma: telling our own stories, and having those stories heard, enables us to reconnect with ourselves and with a community — and take the crucial first step toward healing."
After Fire makes its world premiere on Nov. 11 (Veterans Day) at 7 p.m. at IFC Center, as part of DOC NYC. The Transform Films Inc. production is currently seeking distribution.
Watch the trailer above.