Film Synopsis

Battlefield: Home – Breaking the Silence, has received several awards and numerous accolades for its unflinching honesty and unfiltered insight into the effects of war long after the warriors return home.

Inspired by her own family’s experiences during the Vietnam War, filmmaker, Anita Sugimura brings a unique perspective in the only documentary of its kind created by a a military child of war.

In 2018, “Battlefield: Home – Breaking The Silence,” received the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services’ 2018 SAMSHA Voice Award for Best Documentary for its honest insight into the the journey of PTSD and the aftermath of war.

Interviewing family members from multiple generations, Sugimura exposes the impact of mental injuries, and the failing systems that perpetuate a legacy of trauma from generation to generation.

This film reveals the challenges of Transition, PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury, Suicide, and Over-medication by following the experiences and struggles of several warriors including John Keith, a Navy Gulf War veteran, who suffered a traumatic brain injury and dealt with the challenges of navigating VA health care benefits, while struggling to stay alive.

 This film exposes the disturbing side of life after war in a visceral experience.

Battlefield: Home – Breaking the Silence discusses the problems our veterans and families face and the obstacles they endure, but it is also displaying the hope and perseverance of the human spirit to return to being whole again.

Sugimura experienced the mental trauma and the fallout of war.  She brings an often-forgotten reality of the sacrifices for every family member. From her vantage point, she tells that story, and shines a light on the social divide between the families of those who serve and civilian world they protect.

Sugimura saw her dad physically survive two combat tours, but witnessed the challenges he faced afterwards. She wears her dad’s dog tags as a reminder that the war doesn’t end on the battlefields, it always comes home.

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Authentic and raw, "Battlefield: Home" masterfully articulates and drives home the deeper issue of "why" the PTS issue has perpetuated itself in restricting the successes of our service members and their loved ones who attempt to transition back into our communities.
All of our transitioning programs fail to address the more pressing and timely issue with the cultural shift from a structured, socialist military lifestyle back into the civilian sector where identity and purpose fall well short of expectation.
Failure to preventatively generate workable solutions will leave our nation with exponential consequences both in human and social capital for those left behind.
This film will change the way you look at veterans and their families. Highest recommendations.

Maj Michael S. McDowell, USMC (ret.)The Valor Club