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  • As a tribute to the men and women who serve their country and suffer bodily and brain trauma to show for it, this film is one that covers a topic we mostly try to avoid. The once strong, now crumpled fighters become very human and accessible through the interviewing and listening of the film makers.

    Shot in a scenic spot in Montana, the cinematography is stunning. The beauty only makes the poignancy of the soldiers' stories more heartfelt.

    This film was personally selected by Roger Ebert shortly before his death for a place in his annual film festival in Champaign, IL.

    See it if you can!
  • Not yet begun to fight is the tale of the heroes injured in our modern wars. It chronicles how five of our severely injured modern warriors confront their fears injuries and handicaps and conquer them at the limits of their capabilities. True heroes all. The film even includes the presence of the wise master( a modern Yoda ) who directs and aids them in their quest for redemption. The vehicle is fly-fishing and the background or scene is played out on the waters of the Yellowstone and its tributaries in Montana. None of this is lost in the excellent cinematography and direction. Best of all these heroes do not play to a political agenda and the viewer is left with the theme of love and compassion.
  • This was only an hour long but hugely powerful. Profiling several wounded combat veterans who go to a fishing camp run by a Vietnam veteran who found that fly-fishing (the act of catch and release) helped him deal with his own emotional distress and hopes to help other wounded soldiers.

    Through intimate interviews we learn what the men did in the war; pilots, Navy SEAL's, bomb disposal, drivers and then the human cost of war is shown as they try to come to terms with their new reality. Most are suffering from blast injuries and PTSD. This packs a huge punch, such valuable men now so damaged. The SEAL stood out; a huge barrel chested man now missing a leg, confined to a wheelchair and unable to speak but as his tattoo says "we ain't done fighting yet" Wow. 05.25.14
  • cornfills2 July 2013
    A wonderfully moving film which shows the profound impact of warfare on veterans and their families. The film captures the strength of these wounded survivors and the dedication of those who wish to support them in their re-adjustment to civilian life. The movie is set in Montana, and the cinematography is breath-taking. This is not a political film, but a human-interest story which can't help but raise political questions. It doesn't take sides, and lets the veterans speak for themselves about their complex feelings about the war. It is a movie which you will find yourself thinking about for days if not months to come.
  • Although I am a housewife in an urban town far removed from either war or fly fishing, I was blown away by this film when I saw it at the Florida Film Festival. It is so well edited, it leaves you wanting more. The movie unfolds in a gentle way - none of the interviews or comments are coaxed, and it is completely neutral on a political scale. The cinematography of Montana is breathtaking, and each of the men's stories is so powerful in its own way, you will leave the theater with a new appreciation for all fellow humans who risk their lives for our freedom. After seeing this film, you will be a changed person, and you will count your blessings in a new way.
  • This was a beautiful film. For the 1st couple of minutes or so, I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy it - I was anticipating being a little bored. But that fear soon dissipated and I found myself completely absorbed. This movie manages to be exceptionally moving without ever being manipulative or hokey. Grounded, real, and inspiring. I'd highly recommend viewing on a big screen if possible since the shots of the scenery are beautiful. But it's not absolutely critical, since the stories of the wounded vets would come across on any screen.

    I was fortunate enough to attend a screening where we learned some of the "what they're doing now" stories of the men profiled in the film, and I only wish that these updates could somehow be incorporated into the movie itself. (Not realistic of course, since even if the most recent updates were added today, life goes on and they couldn't stay current. But I think audiences will find themselves curious to know what these brave folks are up to.)

    One thing I think makes this movie special is that despite its subject matter, it doesn't seem to have a political agenda--should appeal to those who enjoy human interest stories, regardless of their politics. If you happen to love nature, fishing, or a particular vet, probably so much the better, but I don't think it's necessary.
  • Not Yet Begun to Fight is a poignant portrayal of the challenges facing five veterans from our modern war. Their injuries are deep, either to their emotional states or, to their physiology. This movie captures their bravery, fortitude and tenacity to overcome their wounds and make new lives for themselves. The scenery is beautifully captured in the serene atmosphere of a Montana river, where catharsis takes place for them. Any viewer who has the capacity to empathize with our brave veterans will be touched by the story portrayed in this film. You might find yourself picking a favorite veteran, because you resonate with the injuries or experiences in war which brought him to these waters. This film is reflective, relevant and engaging for viewers, and, provides hope for all of us who share in the fate of our beloved veterans.
  • As a life-long military brat and wife of a former military officer, I am so thrilled to finally see a film that shows the humanity, vulnerability, strength, and beauty of the military member. Regardless of your politics or beliefs about war, this film will inspire you to consider human nature in a new way. As a mental health therapist, I so appreciate the real-life glimpses into PTSD, TBI, and the ripple effect of both physical and emotional trauma. Not to mention the exquisite setting... The breathtaking and peaceful beauty of the rivers and mountains of Montana are the perfect backdrop for this presentation of struggle, human connection, and the possibility and hope of healing.