2020 Movies at MacArthur Schedule

Tuesday, January 21, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. - Brats: Our Journey Home

U.S. military BRATS share intimate memories about their unique childhoods - growing up on military bases around the world, then struggling to fit into an American lifestyle with which they have little in common. Narrated and featuring songs by Kris Kristofferson. Interviews include the late General Norman Schwarzkopf and military brat author Mary Edwards Wertsch.


Tuesday, February 18 , 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. - The Draft

Since the first shots fired in the American Revolution, the United States has been a nation at war. Only 21 calendar years have elapsed in which the United States did not wage any wars, making armed conflict the trend that has shaped the nation's ideas, institutions and people. Throughout history, when the president waged war, and needed a big army, he turned to the draft. But the draft has always stirred controversy, exposing fault lines of race, class and culture, in society. Tracking this turbulent history up to the present, The Draft explores the unintended consequences — for soldiers and citizens — of eliminating mandatory service.  


Tuesday, March 17 , 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. - Homecoming: A Vietnam Vets Journey

Over 300 Vietnam Vets and supporters make a healing pilgrimage on motorcycles from California, across the United States of America to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Join five of these courageous men on a journey across America and through their own lives – a journey that leads them to their emotional, physical and spiritual "Homecoming." 


Tuesday, April 21 , 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. - War Journal: The Incredible World War II Escape of Major Damon “Rocky” Gause

The true story of one of the most incredible escapes in all of World War II. Two Americans, Damon Gause and William Lloyd Osborne, both escapees of Bataan, sailed from the Philippines to Australia and freedom. It took them 52 days and 3,200 miles to reach freedom. During the trip the Americans faced typhoons, constant threats from Japanese ships, submarines and airplanes, lack of water and food and even a visit to the world’s largest leper colony.   Both men kept a journal during their travels and also had a small camera on board given to them on one of the islands they visited. Their daily thoughts and emotions guide us during their long and treacherous journey, as well as some incredible photographs that the men took on their trip.


Tuesday, May 19 , 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. - D Day 360

D-Day was a logistical effort on a scale never seen before or since. On the day itself, 3,000 planes dropped 23,000 airborne troops behind German lines.  This film takes advantage of LiDAR technology to re-create the landscape and allow viewers to switch effortlessly between the macro and the micro, pulling back for the big picture and zooming in to a close-up of a single soldier on the battlefield.


Tuesday, June 16 , 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. - Wartorn, 1860-2010

Civil War doctors called it hysteria, melancholia and insanity. During the First World War it was known as shell-shock. By World War II, it became combat fatigue. Today, it is clinically known as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a crippling anxiety that results from exposure to life-threatening situations such as combat.  Drawing on personal stories of American soldiers whose lives and psyches were torn asunder by the horrors of battle and PTSD, this documentary chronicles the lingering effects of combat stress and post-traumatic stress on military personnel and their families throughout American history, from the Civil War through today’s conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Tuesday, July 21 , 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. - Art in the Face of War

Eight World War II artists/veterans recount their service experience and their use of art for journalism, as a tactical tool and to preserve their own sanity.  Having served in all theaters of operation and in all branches of the U.S. military, including the once-secret Army division known as The Deception Corps, their powerful imagery (some done on the spot, some done years later from haunting memories) will enlighten, challenge, even amuse, showing that war is hell but that creativity can exist in the face of destruction.


Tuesday, August 18 , 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. - War Dogs: A Soldier’s Best Friend

War Dogs recounts the great untold story of the Vietnam War. Witness the emotionally powerful, real-life story of several thousand courageous dogs that fought with allied soldiers and saved countless lives. Utilizing never-before-seen archival footage, private home movies and filmed dramatic reenactment, journey with the War Dogs and their handlers into some of the fiercest fighting ever caught on camera. Under the harshest conditions, see the bond of man and dog reach emotional heights that arise above the cruelty of war.


Tuesday, September 15 , 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. - Thirteen Hours That Saved Britain

The odds seemed insurmountable. In the heat of World War II, Germany was operating at the peak of its powers and seizing control of huge portions of the European landscape. But on September 15, 1940, the German army came face to face with a foe they had clearly underestimated. It was a bloody battle fought entirely in the skies over Britain, and it led to Hitler's first major defeat. Using archived footage and cinematic recreations, as well as interviews with dozens of eyewitness and pilots who fought on the frontline,"13 Hours that Saved Britain" recounts this.


Tuesday, October 20 , 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. - Rebel: Loreta Velazquez, Secret Soldier of the American Civil War

At the outbreak of the Civil War, a teenager from New Orleans headed to the front lines. Under the alias Harry T. Buford, he fought at First Bull Run, was wounded at Shiloh, and served as a Confederate spy. But Buford harbored a secret – he was really Loreta Velazquez, a Cuban immigrant from New Orleans. By 1863, Velazquez was spying for the Union. She scandalized America when she revealed her story in her 1876 memoir, The Woman in Battle. Attacked for her criticism of the war, Velazquez was dismissed as a hoax for 150 years. But evidence confirms she existed, one of over 1,000 women soldiers who served in the Civil War.  Actors and historians bring Velazquez' story to life in this documentary. 



Tuesday, November 17 , 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. - The American St. Nick

World War II exacted a heavy toll on the people of Wiltz, Luxembourg. Occupied by German forces for four years, the town was subject to the whims of Nazi leadership: streets were renamed, the native language was banned, religious freedoms were curtailed, and Saint Nicolas Day was outlawed. This documentary chronicles a day at the height of the war when the battle-weary 28th Infantry Division of the American Army returned hope and joy to the children and people of this war-torn town. On Dec. 5, 1944, American soldiers, put their guns down for one day and organized a party celebrating the town's centuries-old Saint Nick tradition, creating a tradition that continues to this day.