Where Soldiers Come From

09roundupb2-thumbstandard Starting this coming-of-age documentary in her own hometown, filmmaker Heather Courtney follows a tight-knit group of friends who grow up together, sign up for the National Guard and are subsequently sent to Afghanistan.
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“Where Soldiers Come From" follows young military recruits from Michigan to Afghanistan and back. Read the review
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Director Heather Courtney's emotional and engrossing portrait of America's bravest.
Steven Snyder, TIME Magazine  full review
A work that's less urgent and involving than its intense subject matter might have dictated.
Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times  full review
Courtney avoids all political posturing here, something rare in modern war documentaries. These are the guys, American kids. This is the war, it's awful. And this is what happens. In your own backyard.
Tom Long, Detroit News  full review
The documentary sometimes feels like the work of a filmmaker who began with a preconceived story and wasn't quite sure what to do with the one she actually got.
Chicago Reader, Chicago Reader  full review
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, New York Times  full review
To see these children of waitresses, salon workers and fathers on disability burdened because they stepped up is humanizing and heartbreaking.
Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News  full review
More than most documentaries on the subject, Where Soldiers Come From builds a world for these young men and watches it turn upside down, reframing itself slowly and painfully around the unforeseen consequences of snap decisions.
Much of what's presented is familiar territory, but it's the moments that fracture prejudices and expectations that stick with you.
Ernest Hardy, Village Voice  full review
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  • Release Year: 2011
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Runtime: 91 min
  • Available From: Dec 12, 2012
  • Queued by: 263 people
Directed By
Heather Courtney
Dominic Fredianelli, Cole Smith

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