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Reclaiming the Night

In the aftermath of war, an extraordinary professor brings hope to children haunted by trauma-induced nightmares.

Professor Jon-Håkon Schultz reviews children's trauma-induced nightmare drawings in Reclaiming the Night documentary.
Director & producer
Daniel Benjamin Wheeler
Year

2023

Runtime
  • 19 mins
IMDb

Logline

In the aftermath of war, an extraordinary professor brings hope to children haunted by trauma-induced nightmares.

Synopsis

Norwegian Professor Jon-Håkon Schultz has dedicated over a decade to combating the trauma-induced nightmares of war-affected children with his pioneering programme. On a research trip to Lebanon, Schultz encounters a Syrian child deeply traumatised by a brutal act perpetrated by ISIS. As he grapples with the immense weight of the stories he encounters, there emerges a powerful testament to the human spirit’s ability to confront and transform its traumatic past.

Teaser trailer

Awards

Year
Project
Award
2024
Reclaiming the Night
Best Short Film - Go Mental International Film Festival
2023
Reclaiming the Night
Best Director - New York International Film Awards
2023
Reclaiming the Night
Best Director, Documentary Short - Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards
2023
Reclaiming the Night
Best Documentary Short - Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards
2023
Reclaiming the Night
Best Documentary - Top Shorts Film Festival
2023
Reclaiming the Night
Honorable Mention: Director - Los Angeles Film Awards
2023
Reclaiming the Night
Award of Excellence - Global Shorts, Los Angeles

Credits

Directed by
Daniel Benjamin Wheeler
Producers
Daniel Benjamin Wheeler & Amy Van Drunen
Cinematographer
Kacper Czubak
Editor
Adam Joe
Associate Producer
Zaynab Mayladan
Original Music by
Alex Baranowski
Sound Design
Andrej Bako

Film reviews

A raw and insightful exploration of the path from trauma to healing.

Indiewrap

A disarmingly genuine and knowledgeable case for humanitarianism.

Joyce CowanUK Film Review

5/5 stars – full review

A short doc follows a researcher as he probes children’s trauma-induced nightmares.

Sevara PanModern Times Review