by Thi Linh Wernau
Darkness and Light is a feature-length documentary about having a human conversation with eleven wounded veterans, ten Marines and one Soldier.
What’s the documentary about?
In March 2014, I traveled from Boston to California to photograph wounded veterans for my You. Are. Beautiful. project, which celebrates the human spirit and beauty in all people. At the last minute, I made the decision to also film and interview each of the nine people I photographed. When I returned home, I also interviewed the youngest and oldest veteran in the project.
Themes around darkness and light within the human spirit emerge in these candid, unscripted and conversational interviews. Ultimately, the themes that emerge will tie back to one of the project’s main source of inspiration: love.
The audience will learn more about who these wounded veterans are simply as human beings. The veterans share messages that may help and inspire other injured veterans. Finally, anyone, military or non-military, may come from a new place of understanding of how to find light within the depths of darkness.