Veterans use the performing arts to combat their own past and present traumas in “We Are Not Done Yet,” HBO’s upcoming documentary short film debuting ahead of Veterans Day.
Directed by Sareen Hairabedian, the film features a group of U.S. military veterans and active-service members enrolled in a United Service Organizations (USO) writing workshop at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. With support and guidance from “Westworld” star Jeffrey Wright (who also serves as one of the film’s co-producers) and poet Seema Reza, the veterans hope to come together to overcome an array of traumas by creating and sharing poetry based on their experiences serving their country.
The trailer (above) shows the participants from different backgrounds and military branches beginning to get candid about their feelings as well as their fear of being stigmatized for suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Wright and Reza work to help the veterans find their voices, with Wright eventually directing them onstage in a collaborative performance they hope might assist with the healing process.
“We Are Not Done Yet” debuts Thursday, Nov. 8 at 8:00 p.m. on HBO. Watch the trailer (above).