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"Visions of Warriors"

Post Date:04/23/2019 8:06 AM

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April 23, 2019


 “Visions of Warriors” Documentary


In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month in May, the City of Santa Maria Public Library will screen the film Visions of Warriors from Humanist Films, LLC. Visions of Warriors will be screened Monday, May 6th in the Library’s Shepard Hall, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.


Visions of Warriors is a feature documentary about four veterans from the Vietnam War era to the Iraq War who participate in the groundbreaking Veteran Photo Recovery Project at the Veterans Administration complex in Menlo Park, and use innovative photography therapy, a type of art therapy, to treat their mental illness.


The film follows Mark Pinto, Priscilla Bethel, Ari Sonnenberg, and Homerina Bond as they find treatment for their mental illness, including moral injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, and military sexual trauma.


As war and conflicts continue, many veterans are returning home and suffering from mental illness. Shockingly, 22 veterans commit suicide every day. Traditional therapies like individual counseling, group therapy, and medication, usually work only half of the time. Alternative therapies, like art therapy, may help to supplement traditional therapies.


For more information, contact the Library’s Information Desk at (805) 925-0994 extension 8562 or Ming Lai, Humanist Films, at (626) 372-1301 or via email:


Community Conversations with Veterans and the California Center for the Book is a program of the California Library Association, supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services or the California State Library, and no official endorsement by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services or the California State Library should be inferred.



Department:                           Public Library

Contact Person:                     Jose Gaytan, Library Technician

Telephone Number:                (805) 925-0994 ext. 1670   

E-mail Address:             



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