Adventure Not War is the story of three U.S. veterans traveling back into the mountains of Iraq on a mission to heal wounds and experience the country and its culture without the shadow of war.

Photo by Max Lowe

This film reveals a seldom seen beautiful underbelly in a place of devastation and creates space for healing wounds deeper than flesh and bones. Adventure Not War follows National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Stacy Bare and two other veterans Robin Brown and Matthew Griffin.

Photo by Mack Fisher

The film follows the three U.S. Military Captains on an unexpected journey to revisit Iraq, a country that has threatened their sanity since their time of service. This heartfelt film takes a new approach to war, empowering veterans to reclaim their lives and rewrite their histories in places where they served. We hope this film will help promote peace and a universal understanding that beauty can replace hatred if we strive for adventure, not war.

Photo by Max Lowe

During their two-week stay Stacy, Robin and Matthew traveled to Kurdistan to work alongside the non-profit Tent Ed, providing educational resources to children displaced by war and do the first ski ascent and decent of Mount Halgurd, the tallest peak within Iraqi boarders.

Photo by Max Lowe

Executive Producer: Lindsey Hagen 
Director: Max Lowe
Director of Photography: Mack Fisher
Production Company: Stept Studios
Presented by: Nimia
Supported by: The North Face, Vibram, YETI, Native Eyewear, CamelBak, Darn Tough Vermont Socks, Gerber Gear, Merrell, Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance, Faction Skis, Pret Helmets, Goal Zero, TentED, Combat Flip Flops

Adventure Not War is an initiative founded by Stacy Bare that brings veterans back to the places they served, and aims to promote world peace and understanding through adventure. For more info on Adventure Not War, click here.

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