is a documentary film considering
the experience of WWII veterans returning to Normandy
for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.
In 2014, I traveled with a group of D-Day veterans
as they retraced their wartime route through England and France.
I was twenty years old—
the same age the veterans were when they stormed the beaches.
My late great grandfather,
Sgt. Parker Davie Hanna Jr.,
belonged to the same division as these men, and so I was also following the path he took.
SUNKEN ROADS paints an intimate portrait of these soldiers
during their final pilgrimage to Normandy.
This film is an exploration of memory, trauma, and the human impulse to commemorate.
It is also a story about 90-year-old men told through the voice of a young woman.
SUNKEN ROADS is particularly timely, given the upcoming 75th Anniversary of D-Day.
The film allows us to see this history through the eyes of the men and women who lived it,
to understand the meaning of D-Day as both an historic event and a personal nightmare,
and to contemplate its significance 75 years later.