BRATS: Our Journey Home A Donna Musil Film Featuring Narration and Music by Kris Kristofferson
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Published: 02.27.2007

Tucson Citizen

Film on how military life affects brats is set for March 6 at Loft

Citizen Staff Report

Children of soldiers are veterans of war, too.

As many as 255,000 adult "military brats'' live in Arizona.

Exploring the experiences of military children is the focus of Army brat and filmmaker Donna Musil's documentary, "BRATS: Our Journey Home.''

The film will be screened at 7:30 p.m. March 6 at the Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Tickets are $5 and proceeds benefit the nonprofit Loft and nonprofit Brats Without Borders.

A full house of adult military brats is expected to be on hand to view the first nonfiction film about a subculture that is conservatively estimated to number 15 million Americans, according to Musil.

Brats are people who grow up on U.S. military bases around the world, then struggle to fit into an American lifestyle with which they have little in common, she has said.

Some of the better-known brats who participated in the film include Kris Kristofferson, who narrated and donated original songs to the production, and Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, who is both a brat and the father of brats.    They and others discuss the effect growing up "brat'' has had on their lives.

"With military bases in the area, and the large population of adult brats and retired military, we have the opportunity to reach the military brat audience and their extended families and friends at this special screening," Musil said of the Tucson event.

"We brats have no true hometowns and our friends are scattered to the winds.    As a result, we often go through adulthood feeling lost and alone," Musil said.    "This film is dedicated to those who have known that feeling."

For information on the screening, call 322-5638.
The first documentary about growing up military.