One in five new recruits to the U.S. armed forces is a woman, and women are the fastest growing group of veterans. Set in the military outpost of San Antonio, Texas, AFTER FIRE offers an intimate look at the challenges these women face when they return from service. The film’s central character, Valerie, is a retired Air Force military police officer who now works as a mental health counselor. As she seeks to help other veterans with hidden wounds, she realizes she must confront her own past – leading an ensemble cast of women on a journey of healing with honesty, courage and humor. The resulting film throws a spotlight on the human toll of problems like rape in the military, combat injuries and VA dysfunction, telling a universal story about how people overcome trauma.

Film Details

Directed by: Brittany Huckabee; Produced by: Leo Eaton

Year Funded

  • 2016