‘Blood Road’ Film Screens Thursday As Fundraiser For Local Veteran’s Therapy Program

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Ultra-endurance athlete Rebecca Rusch lost her father in 1972 when his fighter plane was shot down over Laos during the Vietnam War. In 2007, U.S. Air Force Captain Stephen Rusch’s remains were identified, and his daughter’s plan was hatched to mountain bike the 1,200-mile Ho Chi Minh Trail to reach the crash site.

Joining Rebecca on the journey is Huyen Nguyen, one of the most decorated athletes in Vietnam’s history with several gold medals in cycling. Hyuen and Rebecca push through the jungle’s challenges while sharing their personal hardships and their memories of losses and the war.

Rebecca’s sponsor, Red Bull Media, decided her story of this ride was worthy of becoming their first-ever feature film to be written, produced, directed, and edited entirely in-house. The landscape is beautifully portrayed with drone footage, and the heart wrenching story is expertly produced by a small crew who traveled primarily by motorcycles where cars cannot go.

“Looking back, it seems obvious that this lesson from my dad was waiting for me,” Rebecca said. “I thought I was going on this bike expedition and that it would be a very personal journey and now I’m realizing that this whole story is so much bigger than just me. It’s a story for veterans, for families, and for the villagers in Laos. It’s a global story of forgiveness and I feel a big responsibility to be the messenger and to tell it well.”

“Blood Road” will be screened at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Reed Deal Theater. Tickets are $10 and proceeds will go to Healing America’s Heroes, a therapeutic equine and piscatorial program that serves veterans. Tickets can be purchased at the movie theater. In addition to the movie, Bathtub Row Brewing will sell beer and wine. For more information, visit www.bloodroadfilm.com/tuff.
Photo of Rebecca Rusch’s dad. Courtesy photo

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