GoodCinema presents the Denver premiere of From Shock to Awe, an intimate look at the transformational journey of combat veterans suffering from severe trauma. Watch as they abandon pharmaceuticals to heal with the help of psychedelic medicines, then engage in an interactive audience discussion with the veterans and spouses featured in the film.
Meet the panelists:
Matt served in the 101st Airborne Division from 2007-2011. An ambush blew up one of the convoys he was with, killing the driver and injuring others passengers.
He sought relief in the form of prescription opiates, psychoactive pharmaceuticals, and alcohol. It didn’t take long before Kahl started to deteriorate.
He eventually was able to get off prescription medications with the help of cannabis and ayahuasca and has been an advocate for healing ever since.
Mike was deployed 3 times, but it wasn’t until he returned home and found himself getting angry with his young stepdaughter that he knew something was wrong.
The pharmaceuticals didn't help and he realized he could no longer allow family to bear the burden of his PTSD. He says about ayahuasca, "If just the thought of it can bring a smile to my face then maybe it will open my eyes to what is already here that I can’t see.”
When Aimee's husband, Matt, returned home from war she noticed him detaching. The military prescribed Matt countless pills, which left him zombie-like. The depression continued, and one year Matt tried to take his own life. By that point, Aimee felt alone and scared.
But no matter how bad things got with Matt’s PTSD, leaving was never an option. Aimee stood by his side as he healed through cannabis and ayahuasca.
Brooke met her husband, Mike, while working at the 148th MP detachment in HR. It was love at first sight.
Unbeknownst to her at the time, she had developed debilitating PTSD herself. In a bid to keep running the household back home, she started taking cocaine and methamphetamines. It was only when she started using cannabis that she began to find relief from her PTSD.
GoodCinema presents the award winning MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A, a documentary chronicling the critically acclaimed artist’s remarkable journey from refugee immigrant to one of the most recognizable, outspoken and provocative voices in music today.
Taking an intimate look at one’s identity, the film provides unparalleled access to the artist in her battles with the music industry and mainstream media as her success and fame explodes, having to balance where she came from with who she is becoming.
GoodCinema will continue the conversation about what it means to be a refugee with an interactive panel discussion immediately following the film.