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Combat Vets suffering from PTSD participate in a fly fishing workshop hosted by non-profit Sun Valley Adaptive Sports. Explore the connection between nature and healing.

  • grant: $1,338,280 - Sun Valley Adaptive Sports Program

    To support programs that improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities through sports and recreation.

  • topic: veteran affairs

  • location: sun valley

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fallujah: fish out of water

Fallujah is the first opera about the Iraq war experience and inspired by the life and work of US Marine, Christian Ellis.

Christian was a machine gunner in Iraq whose platoon was ambushed and bombed, killing many in his troop and leaving him with a broken back. He returned home to join millions of American soldiers struggling to piece their lives together while suffering from severe post-traumatic stress. After four suicide attempts and with the help of a philanthropist, an acclaimed New York librettist of Iraqi descent, an accomplished composer, Vancouver Opera and Long Beach Opera, Christian helped turn the demons of war into Fallujah: the first opera on the Iraq war.

Fallujah tells the stories mothers and sons as they search for hope and healing in the aftermath of war. The opera provides a glimpse inside real hearts and minds before and after one of the Iraq War’s biggest battles. The result is an inspiring, mind-opening, and moving work of art by Canadian composer Tobin Stokes and award-winning Iraqi American playwright Heather Raffo.

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location: Long Beach Opera

Live Cast: March 18, 2016 at 8pm Pacific

links: Fallujah’s Official Facebook Page
Long Beach Opera’s Fallujah Page
KCET / Link TV
Long Beach Opera on Twitter
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grants

NGO: City Opera of Vancouver Society

grant: $350,000

location: Vancouver

mission: For the film, 'The Making of Fallujah the Opera'. To support the opera 'The Christian Ellis Project: Always Faithful, Surviving Redemption.' Grants between 2010-2012.

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Combat Vets suffering from PTSD participate in a fly fishing workshop hosted by non-profit Sun Valley Adaptive Sports. Explore the connection between nature and healing.

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