Washington West 2017
Hawai’i, LA Asian Pacific, Guam, Philadelphia Asian American
A police officer struggles with PTSD following the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon.
Police K9 Unit officer Isaac Ho’opi’i was on duty at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. He risked his own life to lead others to safety, and, in the chaos of the attack, many of the people he rescued only knew him as a voice. When reporters tracked down his identity, he was celebrated as a hero, with numerous media appearances and participation in the Olympic Torch run for the 2002 Winter Games. As revealed in Stephen Tringali’s portrait, privately he suffered from his experience on that horrific day. Ho’opi’i and his family relate how he was affected and how he slowly found a renewed sense of peace through music and connection. While earnest, the film unfortunately feels repetitive and, at times, like a protracted PSA about PTSD, though Ho’opi’i is unquestionably an honorable protagonist, and the issue of PTSD certainly bears continued attention.