A documentary that follows a team of veterans returning from combat in Afghanistan and Iraq as they set out to climb a towering Himalayan peak to overcome challenges and heal the mental and emotional ravages of war.
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This is a story of rising to the ultimate challenge. Having the courage to risk fatal expo- sure and the perseverance demanded on the quest for achievement. These are not solely physical feats, they are mental conquests.
Eleven veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan join an expedition to climb the 20,000 foot Himalayan giant Mount Lobuche. With blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayer and a team of Everest summiteers as their guides, they set out on an emotional and gripping climb to reach the top in an attempt to heal the emotional and physical wounds of the longest war in U.S. history. Representing nearly every branch of the military, the veterans, and the Gold Star Mom who joins their trek, bring humor and deep emotion to this hero's journey all captured with breathtaking, vertigo-inducing cinematography. Written by
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This movie is more than a story of people climbing mountains. It's a touching and disturbing true account of the plight of returning soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan, what they have been through, how they are struggling to reestablish themselves into daily life and how Soldiers to Summits is helping.
Touching: Hearing the soldiers' stories; seeing their emotional growth as they learn to scale mountains; seeing their faces as they accomplish their goals.
Disturbing: Realizing how poorly our returning veterans are treated; understanding what they have endured; wanting to do something about it.
It's a movie that makes you laugh, makes you cry, makes you wonder how people go through what they do and survive. It's something we should all see to face the reality of what happens when soldiers return home.
Gorgeous scenery, beautiful score, it's a movie that calls you to action for our returning soldiers.
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