With President-elect Biden’s call for national healing this past weekend, and Veteran’s Day on tap this week, we couldn’t think of a better time for Jerry’s Last Mission.
This moving 67-minute documentary is about Captain Jerry Yellin, who flew the last U.S. bombing mission over Japan in 1945 (five days after Nagasaki), spent three decades with PTSD before the term was known or understood, and then 30 years as a practitioner of healing, reconciliation and peace.
What’s best, you can stream a free sneak preview of the film through Friday, November 13, at JerrysLastMission.com, on Facebook, or right here:
This week’s free online activities, dubbed Jerry Fest, will also include 8 pm ET Q&A sessions on Veteran’s Day, November 11, and Thursday, November 12. They’ll each include members of Yellin’s family with director Louisa Merino, co-producer and Oscar winner Ed Cunningham (Undefeated), and co-producer Melissa Hibbard.
Also available at JerrysLastMission.com or on Facebook, Wednesday’s session will be hosted by Regnery Publishing, which has published two books on Yellin, and Thursday’s by The David Lynch Foundation (“Jerry Yellin is a great man with an important story of humanity,” said David Lynch.)
After returning home a hero, Yellin leads a dark life of survivor’s guilt and daily thoughts of suicide. Decades later, he’s forced to again face his enemy – and confront his personal demons — when the youngest of his four sons moves to Japan and marries the daughter of a Kamikaze pilot. “We bonded and became brothers,” Yellin says of the latter. And why not? The Japanese man was a fellow World War II flying veteran and, like Yellin, the only one from his unit to survive the war.
Yellin then becomes a public speaker, talking about his experiences, “as if I’m representing 16 million people (the total number of U.S. troops in World War II, almost all of whom are now gone) who can’t talk….Peace and healing are foremost in my thoughts….We are all human beings on this planet.”
For much more, visit JerrysLastMission.com.
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