GI Film Festival San Diego

  • 120 mins

The GI Film Festival San Diego aims to reveal the struggles, triumphs, and experiences of service members and veterans through compelling and authentic storytelling. Documentaries, shorts, narratives, and family-friendly films are presented, highlighting stories of heroism, resilience, and honor. The festival includes the Local Film Showcase, which features San Diego’s filmmakers, events, people, or places.  Post-screening discussions with filmmakers, actors and documentary subjects are also part of the festival as well as a family movie night which brings military-connected and civilian families together for an evening of movie magic and community spirit.

The festival is organized by KPBS in partnership with the GI Film Group and Film Consortium San Diego.

In this program

G.I. José

Directed by Alejandro Marquez Vela

A Mexican-American U.S. Army soldier comes back home and faces the dilemma of whether to defend his family, or the laws of the country he vowed to protect.

Let It Go

Directed by Stephanie Heim

A Marine deals with loss…

Code of Honor: One Soldiers Stand for Equality

Directed by Aiden Keltner

One of the first African American Marines tells the story of his experience participating in the integration of African Americans into the Marine Corps.

Thud Pilots

Directed by Mark Vizcarra

No war in American history is more misunderstood than what took place over the bloody skies of North Vietnam in the 1960s. Thud Pilots is the untold story of the men who flew the F-105 THUD over the deadly skies of North Vietnam.


Directed by Trevor Neuenswander

In 1976, Richard and Willie try to sell their last kilo of cocaine to a private buyer, however when they can’t read Willie’s handwriting, they must blindly choose a house and hope it is the right one.

The Dark Resurgence: A Star Wars Story

Directed by Michael McCumber

At the fall of the Galactic Empire, the lost tribes of the ancient Sith emerge to reclaim their destiny long forgotten – to rule the galaxy as gods.

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