BRATS: Our Journey Home A Donna Musil Film Featuring Narration and Music by Kris Kristofferson
BRATS: Our Journey Home
BRATS: Our Journey Home
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Online School Library Journal review

"Brats: Our Journey Home"
Mike Brown (Bowie High School, MD), School Library Journal
May 1, 2006

Gr 9 Up.
Nomadic. Rootless. Invisible. The only constant—change.
All colors and all creeds, they followed unquestioningly in childhoods simultaneously “cruel, magical, privileged, and painful.” They are worldly, yet sheltered. They are Brats—children of military personnel, numbering 15 to 20 million. Donna Musil has created a film for, by, and about Brats but of interest to everyone. Brat Kris Kristofferson narrates. Psychotherapist and Brat Stephanie Donaldson Pressman terms the military family “the narcissistic family”—one where the focus is on the father as in Brat Pat Conroy’s The Great Santini (the film starred Brat Robert Duvall). Mission comes first and personal needs are subservient. Crying and emotion become shameful as children strive to “be the good soldier.” By interspersing archival footage and photos with interviews of a cross section of Brats, Musil reveals the Brat’s world. Some language in Kristofferson’s donated songs may be a bit harsh for more conservative libraries or audiences. With the advent of the Internet, “lost” Brat friends have found each other and learned that their personal experiences were not unique. Musil’s film examines a culture that is just beginning to realize that it exists and has started to explore itself. Brats offers a powerful glimpse of life “inside the fortress.” It is a must see for Brats and will be surprisingly popular with non-Brats.

BRATS: Our Journey Home
BRATS: Our Journey Home
The first documentary about growing up military.