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Filmmaker Heather Courtney discusses Hancock, Michigan, and the logistics of filming in Afghanistan.

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Cole returns home on leave from his deployment to Afghanistan with the Michigan National Guard.

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Bodi sees a psychiatrist as part of his traumatic brain injury (TBI) therapy.

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Dom's art professor gives him a 70-foot mural project to help him express and share his experiences from being deployed in Afghanistan.

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Dom and Bodi return home from Afghanistan and begin the reintegration process. Dom is more irritable, and Bodi is concerned about his traumatic brain injury (TBI) diagnosis.

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Dom's truck is hit by an improvised explosive device (IED) while on patrol in Afghanistan. After being treated, he returns home and shares the story with his family.

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National Guard veterans Bodi and Cole talk about what life was like for the Afghan people during their deployment in Afghanistan.

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Bodi, an Afghanistan veteran, explains what it means to live with TBI and how it is different from other brain injuries.


Where Soldiers Come From follows the four-year journey of childhood friends who join the National Guard after graduating from high school.

  • Updated on April 17, 2014

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Film Information

Where Soldiers Come From (90 min.)

Premiere Date: November 10, 2011

Encore Broadcast Date: Sept. 6, 2012

Streaming Dates: Expired

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Trailer: Link | Embed

Filmmaker: Heather Courtney Bio | Interview | Statement

Press: Press Release | Critical Acclaim | 2012 Encore Press Release | 2012 Emmy Winner Press Release

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Heather Courtney

Frustrated with how small-town America was often portrayed in the mainstream media, I wanted to tell a story about my rural hometown that countered those stereotypes.”

— Heather Courtney, Filmmaker


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Critical Acclaim

A quietly devastating documentary about growing up all too quickly.”

— Jeannette Catsoulis,
The New York Times

Hauntingly beautiful and deeply felt… some of the best Afghan war-related storytelling I've seen.”

— 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.'”

— Matt Zoller Seitz,

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