PT Library screens documentary about women combat veterans

Journey to Normal film poster

Film director JulieHera DeStefano traveled to Afghanistan in 2011 to learn more about the experiences of women serving in the combat zone. As she gathered stories, one driving question led to the feature-length documentary Journey to Normal: Women of War Come Home – What happens when they come home?

The Peters Township Public Library will offer a screening of the documentary on Sunday, September 23 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. followed by a discussion led by DeStefano. The Peters Township Library Foundation is partnering with the library to offer this program. Register online to attend or call 724.941.9430 #1.

Women now make up 15% of our military force, and roughly 300,000 women are combat veterans from our most recent conflicts. In order to learn their experience beyond the “happy homecoming”, this documentary tells the stories of eight women over a three-year period.  The film follows these veterans through reintegration after combat deployment, through marriages and divorce, through the birth of children, and the search for new jobs. From their collective stories, we can learn about changes in our society and the broader implications for women and men, for veterans and civilians.

Producer/Director JulieHera DeStefano graduated from Carnegie Mellon University (BFA, School of Drama), and has built a career both in front of and behind the camera. She served as the Managing Director and Producer of an award-winning off-Broadway theater company and as the Business Manager of a New York-based film and photography studio. Her acting credits include the films The Preacher’s Wife and The First Wives Club.

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