James (Ryan O'Nan) returns from Iraq to face a new battle, reintegrating into his small-town life in Texas. His wife (America Ferrera), his mother (Melissa Leo), and his friend (Jason Ritter) provide support, but they can't fully understand the pain and suffering he feels since his tour of duty ended. Lonely, James reconnects with an army buddy (Wilmer Valderrama), who provides him with compassion and camaraderie during his battle to process his experiences in Iraq. But their reunion also exposes the different ways that war affects people, at least on the surface.
This moving, taut story of redemption and reconstruction extends beyond a post-traumatic-stress-disorder narrative. O'Nan is heartbreaking as he explores the depths of his internal struggle Ferrera fearlessly tackles her role of a young wife in turmoil. The Dry Land is about one man's fight within his own terrainhis country, home, and mindand his journey to rebuild what he's lost.
Filmmakers Heather Rae and Russell Friedenberg discuss their film, Trudell, a documentary about Native American poet and activist John Trudell. They also talk about their upcoming works, the state of documentary filmmaking, and their plans to buy a building in Boise that will be a filmmaking center.
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The Dry Land -- The Dry LandA U.S. soldier returning home from war struggles to reconcile his experiences abroad with the life and family he left in Texas.
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