For soldiers returning from Afghanistan and Iraq, the battle is often not left on the field. Focusing the lens on PTSD and the effects of war, BLOOD STRIPE follows one woman as she struggles to adjust back to civilian life in her Minnesota home.
When ‘Sarge’ returns from her final tour, she finds she just can’t cope with daily life. From the moment she returns, her relationship with her husband is strained, and she can barely hang on. Fraught with nightmares, and unable to sleep, Sarge’s only relief seems to come from the numbing effects of alcohol. In a spur of the moment decision, she walks off the job, driving until she finds herself at a summer camp from her childhood. Camp is not in session, but Sarge quickly develops a rapport with the owner Dot and decides to stay and help out. Retreating from life, she seeks to exorcise her demons and find peace once at last.
Director Remy Auberjonois’ directorial debut is a heartfelt and intimate ode to our soldiers coming home from war and the difficulties they face. Featuring a brilliant and authentic performance by Auberjonois’ wife Kate Nowlin in the lead role, and stunning cinematography by DP Radium Cheung, BLOOD STRIPE is one of the must-see breakout films of the year. Winner of the US Fiction Award at the 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival.
As part of HIFF’s Film For Thought program in partnership with the Hawaii Council for the Humanities, the first screening of this film will be followed by a special scholar led discussion with Professor Karla Silva from the University of Hawaii.