Next on POV: ‘Where Soldiers Come From’

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'Where Soldiers Come From' directed by Heather Courtney

Where Soldiers Come From

POV‘s 2011 season on PBS concludes with the U.S. broadcast premiere of Where Soldiers Come From, the compelling story of childhood friends who join the National Guard and journey from a snowy, small town in northern Michigan to the mountains of Afghanistan.

Watch the film on many PBS stations this Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 9 PM. Check your local listings.

View the trailer for the documentary Where Soldiers Come From.
U.S. Broadcast Premiere: Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, on POV.

View the trailer for the documentary Where Soldiers Come From.
U.S. Broadcast Premiere: Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, on POV.

From a snowy, small town in northern Michigan to the mountains of Afghanistan, Where Soldiers Come From follows the four-year journey of childhood friends who join the National Guard after graduating from high school. As it chronicles the young men’s transformation from restless teenagers to soldiers looking for roadside bombs to 23-year-old combat veterans trying to start their lives again, the film offers an intimate look at the young Americans who fight our wars, the families and towns they come from — and the way one faraway conflict changes everything. A co-production of Quincy Hill Films and ITVS in association with American Documentary | POV, with funds provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Visit POV’s Where Soldiers Come From website for video and interactive features about the film.

  • Watch the film before its broadcast on your iPhone or iPad with the PBS mobile app, or watch it on POV’s website starting Friday, Nov. 11, 2011.
  • Watch additional video, including an extended interview with director Heather Courtney, clips and deleted scenes from the film.
  • Find out more about the soldiers in the film, including their take on the conditions in Afghanistan.
  • Learn more about Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the National Guard, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI).
  • View images from the film, download the poster, and see artwork by Dom, one of the soldiers profiled in the film.
  • Explore maps and demographic information about soldiers who enter the Army Reserves what happens to soldiers upon their return home from war.
  • Get a discussion guide, lesson plan, a reading list and other resources for use in the classroom.

Visit the POV Where Soldiers Come From companion site for more interactive features and a giveaway for Where Soldiers Come From prizes.

Revisit the films from POV’s 2011 season or follow POV on Twitter @povdocs or on Facebook for updates about Where Soldiers Come From and POV’s next broadcast, Racing Dreams.

Emily Thomas
Emily Thomas
Emily Thomas is a Fall 2011 intern with POV Digital. She's interned at Esquire magazine and Vice magazine. Currently Emily is finishing her senior year at NYU, where she is double majoring in journalism and social & cultural analysis. She is also a freelance journalist and aspiring documentary filmmaker. Her top five documentaries are: 1. Buena Vista Social Club (Wim Wenders) 2. Woodstock (Michael Wadleigh) 3. Crumb (Terry Zwigoff) 4. Dont Look Back (D A Pennebaker) 5. Paris is Burning (Jennie Livingston)