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DOCUTAH Film Festival to honor veterans, military and law enforcement
As part of the DOCUTAH Southern Utah International Documentary Film Festival, Dixie State College of Utah is designating Saturday, September 18, as a day filled with special events and film screenings to honor veterans, military and law enforcement. The film screenings will be held at the Eccles Fine Arts Center Mainstage Theater on the DSC campus.
The special event begins at 2 p.m., with a screening of the documentary film “Home from the War: Voices of Vietnam.” “Home from the War” is a history of the men and women who sacrificed everything for their country only to be treated with indifference and disdain. The film tells the story of veterans 40 years later fighting a government that does not care, a society that forgot them and the ghosts of war that are fought every day.
Following at 4 p.m., a special screening of the film “Honor in the Valley of Tears” will be shown. “Honor” tells the story of Congressional Medal of Honor recipient 1st Sgt David H. McNerney and the men of A-Company he led in Vietnam in 1966-67. The bond they formed remains unbroken to this day.
Dixie State College Associate Professor of Communication and DOCUTAH Festival Director Phil Tuckett says, “We are grateful for the great sacrifices our military and law enforcement professionals have made for our country and our community. The DOCUTAH leadership team felt it was important to dedicate a special day as a tribute to them.”
The day will end with a screening of “Kaziah, The Goat Woman” at 7 p.m. Born into a polygamist sect, goat rancher Kaziah Hancock knows the meaning of freedom because she had to fight to gain hers. She found a way of salving the wounds of war by painting over portraits of our soldiers killed in action and law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty as a gift to their families.
Hancock, along with the films co-directors and producers Amy Duzinski Janes and Kathleen Dolan, will make a special presentation of two framed oil canvas portraits to the families of two southern Utah fallen heroes.
A portrait of Army Sgt. 1st Class Ronald T. Wood (28, Cedar City, Utah) who died July 16, 2005, while serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom will be presented to his family. Sgt. Wood, who was assigned to the 148th Field Artillery Utah Army National Guard, Brigham City, Utah, was killed in action when an improvised explosive device detonated near his military transport vehicle in Kirkuk, Iraq.
In addition, a portrait of Kane County Deputy Sheriff Brian Harris (41, Mt. Carmel, Utah) will be presented to Kane County Sheriff Deputy Ted Barnard, who will be representing the Harris family. Deputy Sheriff Harris died in the line of duty this past August 26, 2010, while tracking a burglary suspect in the desert near the Arizona-Utah border.
Harris served in the Kane County Sheriff’s Office for 19 years and was a Gulf War veteran who served with the United States Army.
Dixie State College Vice President of Institutional Advancement and DOCUTAH Executive Director Christina Schultz says, “We want the Kane County community to have the opportunity to view this beautiful portrait of Deputy Brian Harris, and have made arrangements to display this painting at the Bingham Gallery in Mt. Carmel until mid October. At this time, a local community event will be held and the portrait given to the family.”
Tickets for “Home from the War: Voices of Vietnam” and “Honor in the Valley of Tears” are $5 apiece per movie and may be purchased online at tickets.dixie.edu, by calling (435) 652-7800, or in person at the DSC Central Box Office at the Avenna Center/Cox Auditorium. Additionally, admission to “Kaziah, The Goat Woman” is free and open to the public.
To learn more about DOCUTAH, please visit its website at www.docutah.com.