Almost Sunrise

Haunted by memories of war, two Iraq veterans walk together across America and discover an unlikely way to recovery.

Iraq veterans Tom Voss and Anthony Anderson
Premiere Date
November 13, 2017
90 minutes
Funding Initiative
Open Call
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    2017 News and Documentary Emmy Awards-Outstanding Current Affairs Documentary
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    2018 CINE Golden Eagle Awards-CINE Golden Eagle Award - Current Affairs or Investigations
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    2016 Mountainfilm in Telluride-Moving Mountains Prize
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    Michael Collins

    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.

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    Marty Syjuco

    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. 

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    The Film

    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.