Where Soldiers Come From


Where Soldiers Come From

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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. After persuading several of their friends to join them, the young men are sent to Afghanistan, where they spend their days sweeping for roadside bombs. 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 the new silent signature wound of the Afghan war, Traumatic Brain Injury, and they have all become increasingly disillusioned about their mission. -- (C) Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Where Soldiers Come From

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (9)

  • Director Heather Courtney's emotional and engrossing portrait of America's bravest.

    Nov 10, 2011 | Full Review…
  • A work that's less urgent and involving than its intense subject matter might have dictated.

    Oct 7, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/5 | 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.

    Sep 30, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
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  • 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.

    Sep 15, 2011 | Full Review…
    Chicago Reader
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  • 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.

    Sep 9, 2011 | Rating: 4/5
  • To see these children of waitresses, salon workers and fathers on disability burdened because they stepped up is humanizing and heartbreaking.

    Sep 9, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Where Soldiers Come From

  • Dec 14, 2012
    Heather Courtney has the best of intentions, but her bias is unabashedly evident.
    Randy T Super Reviewer
  • Sep 03, 2011
    Moving and insightful doc follows a group of childhood friends from Michigan who join the National Guard and are deployed to Afghanistan. No grand political statements here, no melodrama or manipulation, just a simple and haunting portrait of friends in war, and a powerful portrait of its damaging effects upon their return.
    Matthew L Super Reviewer

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