Listen. Collaborate. Empower.

Filmmaking workshops for veterans and military families coping with Post-Traumatic Stress

By combining the therapeutic value of storytelling with the power of digital video, I Was There Film Workshops help participants connect with others and make sense of their service-related experiences through the creation of short films.

  • IWT approach:


    Every veteran's story
    matters and deserves
    to be understood.

  • IWT approach:


    Our workshops are about
    building community by working
    together toward the shared
    objective of making a film.

  • IWT approach:


    The process of expressing
    oneself in a conscious,
    intentional way can be
    validating and healing.

> An estimated 1 in 5 veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts currently suffer from post-traumatic stress. The figure is far higher among Vietnam veterans.

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> On average, participants report a 20% reduction in their PTS symptoms over the course of a workshop.

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> Help us support those who have so honorably and bravely served us.

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Take a look inside an IWT Workshop

Have you participated in one of our film workshops? Click above to join our WORKSHOP ALUMNI community. View the entire portfolio of I WAS THERE films, hear from other veteran alumni and instructors, learn about veteran resources, and more.

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