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American Veteran2017. USA. 70 min.
Director: Julie Cohen Featuring: Nick Mendes, Wendy Mendes, David Mendes, Jon Schumacher, Chris Wolfenbarger.
At 21 years old, Army Sergeant Nick Mendes was paralyzed from the neck down after getting caught in the detonation of a massive improvised explosive device in Afghanistan in 2011. After the accident, Nick must learn how to do everything again, from simply breathing on his own and eating food, to posting on social media and casting a fishing reel with his mouth. As Nick recovers, he studies for a real estate license and begins to learn how to move back into society. At the same time, he meets Wendy, a medical caregiver at the hospital where Nick was treated, and they form a deep and emotional connection neither expected to happen. Discussion with writer-director Julie Cohen, moderated by VFF advisory board member Diane Naughton