In the seven years since the invasion of Iraq began there have been several films made about the occupation and the soldiers who are fighting for our freedom. The films have varied from action movies like The Kingdom, Green Zone too more dramatic films like The Messenger and the Oscar winning best picture The Hurt Locker. Now from independent filmmaker Ryan Piers Williams and actress/producer America Ferrera (Ugly Betty) comes The Dry Land, which opens in theaters on July 30th and explores the struggle that many of our soldiers have adjusting to civilian life once they come home war. We recently had an opportunity to sit down and speak with Piers Williams and Ferrera as well as her co-stars Ryan O'Nan (The Unusuals) and Wilmer Valderrama (That '70s Show) about the new film, it's difficult subject matter and the repercussions of the Iraq war. To watch our exclusive interview please click on the video clip below.
James (Ryan O'Nan) returns from Iraq to face a new battle-reintegrating into his small-town life in Texas. His wife (America Ferrera), his mother (Melissa Leo), and his friend (Jason Ritter) provide support, but they can't fully understand the pain and suffering he feels since his tour of duty ended. Lonely, James reconnects with an army buddy (Wilmer Valderrama), who provides him with compassion and camaraderie during his battle to process his experiences in Iraq. But their reunion also exposes the different ways that war affects people at least on the surface. The Dry Land is about one man's fight within his own terrain-his country, home, and mind-and his journey to rebuild what he's lost.