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Eleven veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan join an expedition to climb the 20,000 foot Himalayan giant Mount Lobuche. With blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayer and a team of Everest summiters as their guides, they set out on an emotional and gripping climb to reach the top in an attempt to heal the emotional and physical wounds of the longest war in U.S. history.

Representing nearly every branch of the military, the veterans, and the Gold Star Mom who joins their trek, bring humor and deep emotion to this hero's journey all captured with breathtaking, vertigo-inducing cinematography by three-time Emmy winner, director Michael Brown.

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"Wise and Moving" --Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post

"Beautifully shot and honestly inspirational... both an action movie, and a moving, true story of triumphing over the most towering odds." --Seattle International Film Festival

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  • Actors: Steve Baskis, Chad Butrick, Ashley Crandall, Aaron Isaacson, Chad Jukes
  • Directors: Michael Brown
  • Producers: Don Hahn
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Virgil Films and Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 6, 2012
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008WAM2XS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,415 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carrie Regan on November 14, 2012
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I bought this DVD after seeing this beautiful film because I simply had to own it. The characters are incredible, and they--and the filmmaker--are brave enough to tell their stories warts and all. In doing so they expose their vulnerabilities, which makes their achievements that much more remarkable and inspiring. It's taught me more about the experiences of veterans and Wounded Warriors than any other film, if only by showing the variety and complexity of the issues they face coming home.

The filmmaker allows the characters to tell their own stories in a way that really does justice to the depth of their experiences and emotions. Combine all that with stunning cinematography and a powerful music score and it's hands-down my favorite doc of the year. I must have cried five times watching it and still get tears in my eyes when I think of it. Thank you to the filmmaker for making High Ground, and to characters in it for being brave enough to tell your stories.

Everyone needs to see this film!
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The new documentary "High Ground" is an emotionally charged, yet surprisingly understated, story of survival, hope, and perseverance that touched me quite deeply. There are so many documentary choices about being in battle and the emotional and physical toll it can take, just witnessing these harrowing stories can be devastating. But few films that I've seen on the subject have been so simple, so straightforward, and so quietly powerful as "High Ground." Its subtlety is its key. As a chronicle of war, as a story of its devastating aftermath, and as a adventure travelogue--this film really accomplishes a lot. And it doesn't achieve its power through big dramatic moments, but with candid revelations and insights from its group of participants. Each member of this expedition faces the camera and gives you a glimpse into their personal life and their experience in the war. And in these intimate moments, we see a real cross section of what our military personnel must endure. But "High Ground" doesn't aim for political commentary, it just allows its subjects the freedom to share their demons as well as their triumphs in a heartfelt and open way.

Eleven veterans sign up to climb Mount Lobuche in the Himilayas, and this film records their preparation as well as the actual attempt. Led by Erik Weihenmeyer, a world class climber who happens to be blind, the battle scarred veterans must overcome inflictions of the brain, the body, and the spirit to make this attempt. I've seen Weihenmeyer on TV, he's a remarkable guy and a fascinating story, but he stays largely in the background as this is about the veterans. Some of the party have suffered loss of limb, one is blind, some have brain injuries, and others are struggling with PTSD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Cashmere Bookworm on March 28, 2013
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High Ground breaks the moldy notion of the beleaguered helpless and crazed veteran, so often perpetuated by Hollywood. The focus is eleven wounded warriors who live with seen and unseen wounds, and climb 20,000 ft Mt Lobuche in the Himalayas. The viewer gets an insight of their graphic recollections of war, describing how their wounds impact their lives. All of the veterans have a variety of wounds --from PTSD, TBI, limb amputations, blindness to anxiety and panic disorders. The audience gets a good idea of what it is like to adjust to a "new normal," or as many of them indicate, the hard part is coming home. Their activities are all filmed in the dramatic and breathtaking views of the Himalayas. Make no mistake: this is not a tourist film about Nepal! It's a human story about veterans, who went to war, along with a mother who lost hers, and now are on the journey home. Both the military community and civilians with no military knowledge, will find plenty to inspire them and be grateful for in High Ground.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W, "Bomber" Mangum on February 25, 2014
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I first saw this show on satellite TV and was glad that I could get it on DVD, I've watched it several times already. I would like to salute all the veteran heroes and the one mother of a veteran for intimately sharing their lives and struggles with the world, I honor their service and sacrifice to our great country, their journey up the mountain is truly inspirational for everyone, I would recommend this DVD and story to everyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas K. Anderson on December 21, 2012
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This was a very moving, genuine, heartfelt film. I think everyone should watch this film to better understand the challenges our veterans experience as they reenter society after combat.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alycia on December 19, 2012
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This movie was amazing. You were brought to amazing places and scenery, wonderful people. It will make you laugh, cry, and you will give it a standing ovation at the end - a definite Must See!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 7, 2012
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From Stone Circle Pictures and Serac Adventure Films, veteran Disney Producer Don Hahn and Emmy Award-winning director Michael Brown follow a team of disabled veterans on a dramatic climb of an ice and snow-covered Himalayan peak in "High Ground."

Documenting the successful climb of 20,075-foot Lobuche East in Nepal by disabled veterans, "High Ground" had an effective festival circuit run during the spring and summer. The documentary has received high praise by critics and audiences, including awards at many festivals.

Since 1993, the non-profit World T.E.A.M. Sports has created exciting sporting events involving disabled and able-bodied participants. The October, 2010 Nepal expedition brought together a group of disabled American veterans with the team of experienced mountaineers who led blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayer to the summit of Mount Everest in 2001. World T.E.A.M. Sports CEO and President Jeff Messner worked closely with Weihenmayer, climber Jeff Evans, and filmmaker Michael Brown in creating and documenting the expedition. The heroic story of the participating disabled veterans overcoming obstacles and challenges in their climb is captivating, encouraging the audience to better understand how disabilities can empower, rather than limit individuals.

With the release of the "High Ground" feature, the successful veterans leave a legacy for future climbing expeditions with the disabled.
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