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.