A critically acclaimed documentary that takes its audience on a therapeutic Montana fly-fishing trip for grievously wounded combat veterans has its Montana festival premier tomorrow in Missoula as part of the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.
“Not Yet Begun to Fight” tells the story of five wounded and traumatized combat vets who’ve returned from their service in Iraq and Afghanistan as very different men.
They come to Montana as guests of retired Marine Colonel Eric Hastings of Bozeman. Hastings is a former Vietnam-era combat pilot who is a founding member of “Warriors and Quiet Waters“, a program that uses fly fishing as a therapy for vets who are recovering from wounds both physical and invisible.
In tonight’s feature interview with Edward O’Brien, “Not Yet Begun to Fight” co-director, Shasta Grenier – a Montana native and University of Montana graduate – explains why fly fishing was something far more important than a simple recreational passion to Colonel Hastings; that it probably saved his life when he returned from Vietnam.