From a snowy small town in Northern Michigan to the mountains of Afghanistan and back, Where Soldiers Come From follows the four-year journey of childhood friends, forever changed by a faraway war.
A film about growing up, 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 reckless teenagers, to 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.
Enticed by a $20,000 signing bonus and the college tuition support, best friends Dominic and Cole join the National Guard after graduating from their rural high school. Soon their group of friends joins them, and eventually the young men are sent to Afghanistan, where they spend their days sweeping for Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). By the time their deployment ends, they are no longer the carefree group of friends they were before enlisting; repeated bombs blowing up around their convoys have led to TBI symptoms, and they have all become increasingly disillusioned about their mission.
The challenges really begin to surface when they return to their families and communities in Michigan. Where Soldiers Come From looks beyond the guns and policies of an ongoing war to tell a human story about family, friendship, and community and how they all change when young people go off to fight.
Where Soldiers Come From won the 2012 Independent Spirit Truer Than Fiction Award, and is a co-production of Quincy Hill Films and ITVS, in association with American Documentary | POV. The film had its national broadcast premiere in Fall 2011 on PBS’s award-winning documentary series POV, and has been chosen as an encore broadcast in September 2012.
We’re excited to announce a new tool that makes it easy to set up your own community screening of WSCF.
Through educational distributor New Day Films' partnership with Working Films, we now have one-stop shopping to order a copy of the film, set up your screening, download flyers and screening guides, and get the word out about your event!
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Nov. 5 Muenster University Center, Vermillion, SD
Veterans Week Movie
Sponsored by the Student Veterans
Nov. 11 Henry Ford Community College - Dearborn, MI
Veterans Day ceremony @ 9:30 AM
Screening to follow @ 12:30 PM
Welcome Center West Community Room
Sponsored by Student Veterans Association
Nov. 12 Shining Light Film Festival
Indiana University Purdue University
Campus Center Theater @ 7 p.m.
Q&A with Director Heather Courtney
Nov. 12 Park City Film Series
Jim Santy Auditorium @ 6:30 PM
Park City Library Center in Park City, UT
Presented by Canines with a Cause
Nov. 12 Central Michigan University
Plachta Auditorium @ 6:30 PM
Veterans Outreach Panel to follow
Free and open to the public
Nov. 14 Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, IN
Screening is free and begins @ 6:30 p.m.
Part of the "Citizen-Soldier-Citizen" Exhibit
Q&A with Director Heather Courtney
Nov. 14 Salt Lake City, Utah
Westminster College @ 6 PM
Sponsored by Westminster College
Nov. 19 Central Oregon Community College
Hitchcock Auditorium @ 5 PM
Part of the Social Science Lecture Series
Panel discussion to follow
Australian Broadcast Premiere
WSCF premiered on the Australian Broadcast Channel on September 1st, with a live Facebook chat directly after with Director Heather Courtney and Dominic Fredianelli.
Go to the ABC2 Facebook page, and scroll down to Sept. 1st to read questions and answers here: https://www.facebook.com/ABC2?ref=stream&hc_location=stream
Video Librarian, the national video/film review magazine for libraries, gave WSCF 3 ½ stars out of 4, calling it "a powerfully realistic portrait of contemporary soldiers in war. Highly recommended."
WSCF is now available for streaming on Netflix! Please add the film to your Instant Queue and provide a star rating!