Documentary shows fly fishing as therapy for vets

2013-11-07T09:15:00Z 2013-11-07T15:16:07Z Documentary shows fly fishing as therapy for vets The Billings Gazette

A Montana-made documentary, “Not Yet Begun to Fight,” will air on MontanaPBS at 7 p.m. Monday and nationwide on PBS’ World Channel at various times Monday and Tuesday and Nov. 16 and 17.

“Not Yet Begun to Fight” focuses on five warriors who join retired Marine Col. Eric Hastings for a week of fly-fishing in Montana through the Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation. Hastings, who flew missions “high above the death and destruction” in Vietnam, returned home to Montana in 1969 battling dark dreams. His solace was fly fishing.

Montana-based directors Sabrina Lee and Shasta Grenier shadow Hastings as he reaches out to a new generation of traumatized combat veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Through the Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation, Hastings leads five vulnerable young men (three Marines, a soldier and a Navy SEAL) to the quiet waters of Montana. His mission is to help them find their way through the space between the war they have just left behind and the new battles they face.

“Not Yet Begun to Fight” has sold out numerous screenings across the country and won a variety of festival awards. It received “two thumbs up” from the Chicago Sun-Times and was selected by Roger Ebert as one of 12 feature films shown at his annual film festival Ebertfest.

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