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“THE WAKE UP CALL” follows the endeavors of renowned prosthetist Dave Evans, who has worked tirelessly for decades in post conflict zones around the world trying to mitigate the unavoidable human collateral damage in the aftermath of war. From building a prosthetics clinic in Sierra Leone, to helping Syrian refugee amputees in Amman, Jordan, Dave’s work is nothing less than extraordinary.
Dave Evans is an electrifying character who lost both of his legs in a firefight in Vietnam. His story since that fateful day provides the framework within which fellow anti-war veterans eloquently address many issues related to war and the lessons we never seem to learn from senseless combat. In today’s environment of lies, propaganda and war mongering, this is a timely and important conversation. The characters in the film, despite having seen and participated in atrocious acts, have found a new sense of meaning that will be uplifting for everyone.
Dave’s goal is social justice for everyone involved in these conflicts. His commitment is to a world in which people directly affected by war get a chance to recover their dignity and human rights. His hope is that they be included in their post conflict societies so that they can live up to their best potential and have a direct impact on the communities and institutions that shape their lives.
The passionate words, hard-earned wisdom and stark images within “The Wake Up Call” evoke the memories that bedevil all of these characters, the awakening that changed them forever, and the realities of war few people can know beforehand.
Alison Gilkey has been a principle partner and producer at Storyline Motion Pictures since 2008. She is the producer of the acclaimed PBS documentary “Lives Worth Living” and its educational version, “The Great Fight for Disability Rights.” She produced and directed the educational film “At Your Service.” Alison has served as a film envoy, film expert, and speaker for the US Department of State’s cultural exchange program, including American Film Showcase, traveling to Laos, Vietnam, Russia, Pakistan, and Venezuela. She curated “America’s Disability Rights Museum on Wheels” which has been touring the country since 2015.
Eric Neudel has been an editor and producer of many PBS programs, including “After The Crash” for The American Experience, “Eyes On The Prize,” “The U.S. and The Philippines: In Our Image,” “AIDS: Chapter One” for NOVA, and “Vietnam: A Television History.” His independent films include “Steps” (1980) and “Fred’s Story” (1994). Eric directed the critically acclaimed Independent Lens film “Lives Worth Living,” served as a film envoy, film expert, and speaker for the US Department of State’s cultural exchange programs, including the American Film Showcase. He curated America’s Disability Rights Museum on Wheels which has been touring the country since 2015.