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Where Soldiers Come From: Discussion Guide

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A documentary about growing up, Where Soldiers Come From offers an intimate look at some of 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 23-year-old veterans facing the struggles of returning home. As an outreach tool, Where Soldiers Come From looks beyond guns and policy to examine the effect of an ongoing war on soldiers, parents, loved ones and a whole community when young people go off to fight. This film provides one of the first and only available snapshots of the effects of combat from mobilization to deployment to return and reintegration.

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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
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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