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GI Film Festival San Diego Opens With Healing Documentary

The 2 Sides Project’ Looks To Unexpected Shared History

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Children of men killed on both sides in the Vietnam War meet in the documentary "The 2 Sides Project." The film opens the GI Film Festival San Diego on Oct. 18.

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The GI Film Festival San Diego kicks off Wednesday at the Museum of Photographic Arts. The opening night film is "The 2 Sides Project," a documentary about healing the wounds of war.

The GI Film Festival San Diego kicks off Wednesday at the Museum of Photographic Arts. The opening night film is "The 2 Sides Project," a documentary about healing the wounds of war.

The 2017 GI Film Festival San Diego features 33 films including two world premieres, and eight West Coast premieres.

The opening night screening of "The 2 Sides Project" is a West Coast premiere. It's a post-Vietnam War documentary that follows the unforgettable journey of six U.S. sons and daughters as they discover a country and a people with whom they share a common history.

The project started with Margot Carlson Delogne. Her father was listed as killed in action in Vietnam but his body was never found. Delogne began to reconsider her feelings toward Vietnam. She had always thought of the country where her father died as "evil," but then she started to think about the bombs her father dropped and the children in Vietnam who also lost their fathers in the war. This led Carlson Delogne to suggest the film project to director Anthony Istrico and to start a foundation dedicated to bringing these two sides together.

Istrico and five of the six film subjects will attend the opening night screening, and there will be a post-film discussion.

The documentary reflects the diverse array of films the GI Film Festival San Diego will be showcasing. Themes range from women in the military to transitioning from active duty to veteran status to the LGBTQ+ community. Plus, films cover wars spanning from World War II to present day conflicts.

Screenings will be presented in themed film blocks with tickets available at the GI Film Festival San Diego website with special discounted opportunities for active duty personnel and veterans.

The GI Film Festival San Diego continues through Oct 22 at multiple venues including the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park, Regal Carlsbad 12, USS Midway Museum and AMC Mission Valley 20.

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