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Taking the Hill

An intensely honest and hope-filled documentary for those who have experienced combat firsthand and for those who honor them.

  • Item 501445D
  • Region: All
  • Media Type: DVD
  • Running Time: 54 mins

Alternate formats: Digital Video - $9.99

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Awards

  • Silver Award - Best Documentary Over $50,000

    Won at July 2012 - International Christian Visual Media

  • Silver Award - Best Evangelistic Film

    Won at July 2012 - International Christian Visual Media

Description

Forty years after fighting in the jungles of Vietnam, Pastor Raul Ries experienced flashbacks for the first time. His struggle motivated him to find three of his closest comrades, men who had fought along side him in the Marine Corps unit ALPHA 1/7:Pete Cicatelli, Tom Kamagtaris and Pete Silva. Ries discovered that these men were also suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Together again, they embark on a journey of discovery, a journey that takes Ries back to Vietnam and all three onto the path of healing and wholeness.

As these men courageously share their vividly portrayed war stories, they reveal the terrible toll that combat took on them both during and after the war. Veterans of the more recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq share similar stories with Ries as he reaches out to the newest generation of combat veterans. This documentary is the result of a passionate desire to help those who have experienced combat and to lead these warriors on their journey home. Widescreen.

Editorial Reviews

Offering an interesting personal angle on the short- and long-term effects on post traumatic stress disorder, Taking the Hill focuses on a Vietnam War veteran Raul Ries, who is both a pastor and a martial arts instructor. Ries talks openly about his life, including a troubled childhood that resulted in making a choice between enlisitng in the Marines--and being sent to Vietnam--or going to prison for assault. Ries chose the former, and here explodes his memories of killing and almost being killed, of the peculiar trauma of doing battle with a well-concealed enemy, and of seeing his friends die and hardening himself to the experience of slaying others. Ries brought his stress back home to the US. and became a violent husband and father before rehabilitating himself after finding religion. Ries returns to Vietnam in Taking the Hill, looks up three buddies from his military days and finds them all equally haunted by the war, and visits with some of today's U.S. soldiers fighting in Afghanistan to speak to them about dealing with stress effectively. Highly recommended.

This documentary was made by Pastor Raul Ries who experienced flashbacks for the first time 40 years after fighting in Vietnam. In his struggle to deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) he looks up the three friends he fought with—Pete, Tom, and another Pete—and learns they all have PTSD manifested in various ways. In the course of their healing, the four friends journey back to Vietnam. It gives the viewer an insider's look at war and how people deal with it afterwards. The experiences shown here will be similar to those our soldiers experienced in Iraq and Afghanistan. This DVD is an eye opener for every viewer and will help raise the awareness for each one of us as the returning soldiers come back to the States and their home environment. I recommend it for many church libraries.

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