Visions of Warriors

writer/director Ming Lai, holding a photograph, with female veteran in background
Vision of Warriors movie poster

The making of art; the emergence of salvation through art where words could not be found to express the wounds in soul and body inflicted by the physical, psychological and moral traumas of war; the assault by trusted comrades within the military; and the enormous stresses placed on young adults thrown into situations of life and death, emerge in Ming Lai’s, Visions of Warriors. This is a penetratingly beautiful and intense documentary of deeply personal portraits of warriors, male and female, young and older, sharing their despair and pathways to healing, guided by a committed foursome of art therapist, nurse practitioner, psychologist and social worker.

View Visions of Warriors (available through May 20, 2020)


View a discussion on the film with veteran/ photographer Mark Pinto and writer/director Ming Lai, moderated by Jemerson Diaz, San Jose State University’s VET (Veterans Embracing Transition) Connect peer leader on the San José Public Library's YouTube channel.

This event is part of the Community Conversations with Veterans Initiative. Community Conversations with Veterans is a partnership between California Center for the Book and Veterans Connect @ the Library. The initiative offers California libraries the opportunity to connect more closely with veterans and their families, while also helping veterans and their families connect to the community and resources.

California Center for the Book is a program of the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.


Blog Category
Adult Nonfiction


Submitted by Patti on Wed, 04/29/2020 - 10:31 AM


Your Comment
I would love to view this film, but cannot sit at a computer for too long. Any possibility of it being marketed to Netflix, in the future? I live in a small community in Oregon and I love my library. Thank you for all you do.

Your Comment
Hi Patti! Thank you for your interest in our film! Sorry to hear that you can’t sit at a computer for too long. Our film is available on Amazon Video Direct, Apple iTunes, Google Play, and Vimeo on Demand: However, if you refer our film to your local library, we can offer it to them so they can screen it at no cost for your community. Thank you for your support! Best regards, Ming

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