Leave, a short film.
Written by Kurt Brindley.
In co-production with Cinema Collaboratorium.
Director Caatje van Leeuwen.
On the eve of the American invasion of Haiti and the first woman sailors arriving on board, seasoned Petty Officer Lawless’s life is turned upside down by news of his mother’s illness.
It is 1995 and the US military, while thick into the implementation of a highly controversial policy authorizing women more combat-related opportunities, including assignments on warships, is on the verge of war with Haiti. All the while, onboard a warship that is part of the battlegroup preparing to attack the hapless island nation, a roughhewn sailor comfortable in the old navy ways learns that his mother is sick. However, his efforts to be with her in her time of need are complicated by both the looming war and the unwanted influx of the first female sailors to his ship.