|The Story of BRATS
The idea for a non-fiction film about military children
took root back in 1998. I was a labor-lawyer-turned-writer feeling a bit
out of sorts and "different" from my fellow Americans, but didn't know why.
Then one day I discovered I was not alone. There are literally millions of us
military BRATS scattered around the world and more are being born every day. We are
raised in a separate and distinct culture that affects us deeply in both positive and
BRATS director Donna Musil on location in Wichita
Making this connection to my culture gave me a sense of belonging I had never experienced.
This was empowering to a "little girl" who had moved twelve times on three continents,
attended three high schools, and lost her father, an Army officer, by the time she was
sixteen years old.
Today, I have a film about a group of people whose only "hometowns" are each other.
We have more in common with the military children and "global nomads" of other
countries than with our fellow citizens. And that is my vision - that this film might be a
spark in a global fire of self-awareness and belonging - that from the ashes of war might
rise a nation of children committed to peace.
Donna Musil, Writer/Director
"BRATS: Our Journey Home"