‘Island Soldier’ examines life after war for Micronesian veterans


Filmmaker Nathan Fitch and Iraq Afghanistan and Persian Gulf Veterans of the Pacific founder Rodney Cruz talk about the upcoming free preview screening of ‘Island Soldier.’ 

Guam – A documentary that focuses on Micronesians in the US military will be available for viewing during a special screening at the Hilton.

‘Island Soldier’ tells the very human story of Micronesians who served in the U.S. military. The documentary touches on political ideas and issues but creator Nathan Fitch says the documentary is ultimately a human story that tries to illuminate large scale issues through the struggles of Micronesian veterans. Fitch says that he hopes that the film will also help to identify universal issues not just affecting Guam Veterans but veterans across the pacific region.

“During the time I was [in Kosrae], one of the people I was working with left to join the military and came back nine months later and was incredibly changed from that experience and it sorted of planted this seed in my head about what it was like to go from one of the most remote islands in the pacific to the battlefield and come back again, you know what is that journey like so in a lot of ways that was the impetus behind the film,” said Fitch.

Local organizer Rodney Cruz says that the issue brought up in Island Soldier also affect Guam veterans. Cruz says Guam vets are however in a unique position to help their pacific islander brothers and sisters who are struggling with life after war.

“There’s still a large number of pacific islanders who we call brothers and sisters, that we serve with as well. They have nothing to come home with when they are done with service. Some of them who have actually passed on and died in Iraq and Afghanistan, those families have no services at all,” said Cruz. 

The screening begins on Wednesday, October 26 at 6 p.m. For more informtaion click the links attached to the story. You can view the trailer here https://vimeo.com/141487119.