“Trauma,” the new Afghan war documentary, follows the daily lives of a UH-60 Black Hawk medevac platoon, depicting their heroics and struggles during service and their transition to civilian life years later.

“The film gives the audience an authentic and relentless first-person experience of the medics’ mission ― a high-powered mix of adrenaline, dust and heroism,” producer Ryan Cunningham said in a news release.

Australian journalist Harry Sanna embedded with C Company, 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, at Forward Operating Base Shank in Logar Province, Afghanistan. He befriended the medics and filmed hours of their daily lives on base and on missions.

Todd Fuchigami and another flight medic fasten American flags to service members who were killed in action in Afghanistan.
Todd Fuchigami and another flight medic fasten American flags to service members who were killed in action in Afghanistan. "Trauma" features the work of flight medics in combat, and their transition to civilian life after service. (Harry Sanna/Trauma Film LLC)

This footage is interwoven with footage from 2014 and 2015 interviews with the medics in their hometowns about their memories of service and their ability to integrate into new jobs and home lives.

“I’ve stopped trying to make a broader, cohesive message out of my experiences there,” said Sanna. “My hope, with ‘Trauma,’ is to simply highlight a very small but real aspect of that war, and what it is like now for those individuals.”

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Mitchell Wiese sits behind the controls of a medevac Black Hawk featured in
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Mitchell Wiese sits behind the controls of a medevac Black Hawk featured in "Trauma." (Harry Sanna/Trauma Film LLC)

“Trauma,” an iTunes bestseller, is available for screenings via the distribution service Tugg and online through Amazon, iTunes, and Vimeo-on-demand.