Our Story


A Short Film

It is 1994 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…


We, the cast and crew of LEAVE, invite and encourage you to join us in our effort to produce a short, dramatic film that, while set nearly a quarter of a century ago on a United States warship, will attempt to bring to light some of society’s most pressing issues of the day – patriarchy, gender discrimination, and misogyny – as told through the cinematic expression of an of an all-male navy crew that, as it prepares for war, is struggling to deal with the fact that their ship is about to receive its first female sailors.

It’s hardly a spoiler to say that the crew doesn’t deal with it very well and would much rather fight a war than have their ship invaded by women.


To Create a Cinematic Work of Art that Entertains,
Inspires Positive Change, and Sees beyond the Facts of History,
Shining Light on the Inner Human Experience within

Caatje van Leeuwen“My challenge and passion lies in telling the story in between the facts. A story about people and the different shades of fear each of them experiences within those facts of history. To shine light on these universal human elements that come to the surface in a certain situation and to let our audience feel compassion for they who speak cruel and for those who seem fearless…”

Caatje van Leeuwen, Director