Set in the military outpost of San Antonio, Texas, AFTER FIRE highlights the challenges faced by the fastest-growing group of American veterans: women, who now account for one in five new recruits to the U.S. Armed Forces. Demonstrating courage during their military service and resilience in its aftermath, Brittany Huckabee’s subjects candidly confront the fallout of their experiences on their personal lives as they adjust to the civilian world. The film throws a spotlight on the human toll of rape in the military, combat injuries and bureaucratic dysfunction, telling a universal story about strength in the aftermath of trauma.
Key Image: Laly Cholak arrives on Capitol Hill to lobby on behalf of the Veterans for Foreign Wars. Photo Credit: Brittany Huckabee.
AFTER FIRE provides an eye-opening look at the realities of post-military life for women veterans and unique insight into overcoming the universal experience of trauma. The film will provide the basis for a national impact campaign that will be launched to raise awareness around the issue and provide support for veterans transitioning from military to civilian life who are dealing with moral injury, military sexual trauma and other hidden wounds, as well as for the chaplains, civilian clergy, clinicians, families and communities who support them. A production of Transform Films Inc.
Picture Motion worked with Odyssey Networks to facilitate a braintrust in Washington, D.C. with leaders in the military, faith, and mental health spaces to better inform the ensuing social impact campaign for AFTER FIRE.