Winner of an Emmy and the Independent Spirit Award, Where Soldiers Come From is an intimate look at the young men who fight our wars and the families and town they come from. Returning to her hometown, Director Heather Courtney gains extraordinary access following these young men as they grow and change from teenagers stuck in their town, to National Guard soldiers looking for roadside bombs in Afghanistan, to 23-year-old veterans dealing with the silent war wounds of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and PTSD.
"Quietly devastating... In its compassionate, modest gaze, the real cost of distant political decisions is softly illuminated, as well as the shame of a country with little to offer its less fortunate young people than a ticket to a battlefield." -- Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times
"Hauntingly beautiful and deeply felt ... Some of the best Afghan War-related storytelling I've seen ... I watched "Where Soldiers Come From" twice -- it was that good." -- Hank Stuever, The Washington Post
"The last 10 years have produced an array of documentaries about post-9/11 America, but few are as haunting and compassionate as Heather Courtney's 'Where Soldiers Come From ... what makes "Where Soldiers Come From" so unusual is the relaxed and intelligent way that it connects the private and public experience of war." -- Matt Zoller Seitz, Salon
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