On the idyllic island of Palawan, ecological crusaders battle the development of a tropical paradise-turned-tourist hotspot.
Haunted by memories of war, two Iraq veterans walk together across America and discover an unlikely way to recovery.
Michael Collins is an Emmy Award-nominated filmmaker whose documentary, Almost Sunrise, premiered at Telluride Mountainfilm and won six major awards. Michael’s first film, Give Up Tomorrow, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and won the Audience Award, a Special Jury Prize for Best New Director, and was nominated for an Emmy.
From the Philippines, Marty Syjuco is an Emmy®-Award nominated filmmaker whose first film, Give Up Tomorrow, won the Audience Award and Special Jury Prize at the Tribeca Film Festival. His second feature, Almost Sunrise, won a CINE Golden Eagle Award. His latest film, Call Her Ganda, was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award.
Almost Sunrise follows two young men on an epic journey of healing. Haunted by memories of combat, Iraq veterans Tom Voss and Anthony Anderson are driven to drink and depression. Fearful of succumbing to the raging epidemic of veteran suicide (22 per day), they seek a lifeline. Together they embark on a 2,700 mile walk across America as a way to confront the inner torment that threatens to tear their lives apart.
With the imminent draw down of troops in Afghanistan, this timely documentary is the first to explore the groundbreaking field of “moral injury” – the burden of intense shame arising when a soldier’s actions in the line of duty violate his moral beliefs.
Almost Sunrise captures an intimate portrait of two friends who struggle with the unseen wounds of war as they discover an unlikely treatment: the restorative power, not of pills, but of silence and meditation.