Super excited for this film to be selected in the 2016 Maine Cannabis Film Festival! Weeded Warrior are so proud to be part of the global conversation about cannabis for veterans. A huge congratulations to Kym Melzer for her incredible work on The Ripple Effect of PTSD film series.
Shared with permission by Kym Melzer:
On Anzac day eve in 2014 I attended a special event at Brisbane ABC 7.30 Report called ‘After the Parade’.
I was starting my Honours degree and looking at researching therapies for PTSD, in particular, alternative therapies. There was a panel of speakers who represented the PTSD specialist community and the audience were invited to participate in the Q&A.
I sat next to a lovely lady who asked why I was there and when I told her I was interested in PTSD and alternative medicines she said “oh you will love what my son is going to say”. Her son, Michael Harding got up and spoke articulately about the therapies that helped him in his road to PTSD recovery.
I met with Michael and his lovely partner Bek after this event and invited them to be involved in my honours project, the film series ‘Coming Home’, it wasn’t the right timing. I contacted Michael again in 2015 when I was producing my PhD research project, The Ripple Effect of PTSD film series and invited him and Bek to be involved. It was the right time and we collaborated together to create an aesthetically beautiful heartfelt film that shows the journey this amazing young couple have travelled in a few short years.
I am happy to share this backstory with you as it allows you to understand why I am passionate about the films I produce, and why I care about the people who bravely share their personal stories in the hope of helping others who may be struggling. Please share this film and ask your friends to share it too. Much Love always to Bek & Michael, <3 Kym xxx