2008-08-14 / News

Cost of war depicted in documentary

The Jamestown Philomenian Library will present the documentary film, "The Road Home," on Tuesday, Aug. 19, at 7 p.m.

The film is about the human cost of war and the strength of the human spirit.

From July 2004 until February 2007 filmmakers Phil Hopper and Andrew Tilsen followed a small group of injured American war veterans, starting at the Amputee Physical Therapy Unit in Walter Reed Army Medical Center. They stayed with this group as they became involved with the Achilles Track Club in New York City. There they trained for and competed in the New York City Marathon, ultimately becoming known as the Freedom Team.

The film features Dick Traum, the founder and president of Achilles Track Club. He is the first person to run the NYC Marathon on a prosthetic leg. Also featured is Trisha Meili, "the Central Park Jogger."

As the title of the film suggests, they finally go home with these individuals. Back to small towns, cities and suburbs as life continues. Life that is "changed," as the subject and narrator Leslie Smith notes, "forever."

This 60-minute film is recommended for adults and older teens. Film maker Phil Hopper, will be here to introduce the film and for a short question and answer session afterwards.

Registration is not required for this free program. Seating is limited.

The library is located at 26 North Main Rd.

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