Almost Sunrise

Veterans Day screening cosponsored by KQED and the Cal Veteran Services Center at UC Berkeley

In Person

  • Rita Nakashima Brock is Senior Vice President for Moral Injury Programs at Volunteers of America. Her 2012 book, Soul Repair: Recovering from Moral Injury After War, co-authored with Gabriella Lettini, was the first book written on moral injury. 

The screening is followed by a conversation with director Michael Collins, producer Marty Syjuco, veterans Tom Voss and Anthony Anderson, and Rita Nakashima Brock, presented in partnership with PBS’s “Stories of Service” project, POV, ITVS, and KQED.


This documentary follows two friends as they walk from Wisconsin to California to bring attention to issues that veterans of the Afghan and Iraq wars face, and to heal themselves. Tom Voss and Anthony Anderson both struggle with depression and anxiety, difficulty connecting to their families, and what they refer to as moral injuries or “wounds to the soul”—guilt or shame for acts they witnessed or were involved in during combat. During their physical and psychological odyssey, they talk with vets and well-wishers and regain “some level of faith in people,” but in the end, a spiritual transformation has the most healing power. Almost Sunrise “deepen[s] the picture of what troubles many veterans” (Neil Genzlinger, New York Times).

Print Info
  • Color
  • Digital
  • 98 mins
  • Argot Pictures