PTSD and Suicide in the military have reached crisis levels. 11 out of 20 veterans of the global war on terrorism have PTSD.
DON’T WE NEED TO HEAL OUR WARRIORS?
WINNER: Best in Show at the 2024 Impact Doc Awards
Winner of the New York Women in Film and Television Award for Excellence in Documentary Directing.
Nominated for Best Documentary Showcase at the Soho International Film Festival 2023.
Final Fight goes deeper than any documentary to date in revealing the root causes of this tragic epidemic by profiling a diverse group of veterans struggling with either combat or sexual assault-related Post Traumatic Stress, a major cause of suicide.
As the devastating war in Afghanistan and Iraq continued on, U.S. military brass who struggled to fight the longest-running war in United States history, largely ignored not only the connection between traumatic brain injuries and suicide but also uncontrolled sexual assault among the rank and file. Leading experts in the field of PTS therapy and brain science offer hope and answers to the struggling veterans profiled in the series but also to the family and friends who love them.
Produced in 2023, director Frances Causey wrote “While I was researching Final Fight, it became painstakingly clear that the US Military had few – if any – answers to the ongoing, historic epidemic of PTSD-related suicide among its veterans. THIS FILM IS THAT ANSWER.”
Largely unknown to most Americans, over the last 20 years, the United States has lost almost five times as many active service members and veterans to suicide than were lost in theentirety of the Global War on Terrorism combat operations.
“A perfectly balanced expose that combines compassion, understanding, and a compelling call to action while celebrating the resilience and humanity of its subjects. Tightly crafted, emotionally moving and exceptional in every way.” – Impact Docs
“An incredibly powerful documentary, and an extremely necessary one. Recommended.” – S. Lyons, The Sound View.
Final Fight offers insight into the issue, but more importantly points to a path of forward hope.
2023 / Documentary / 90 minutes / English / A film by Frances Causey
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