Heather recently won the Independent Spirit Truer than Fiction Award for her honest and sincere portrait of life in small-town America and a group of childhood friends who unwittingly find themselves on the battlefields of Afghanistan in pursuit of the American dream. It provides an up-close and personal look at the tolls of war on young lives and the families and communities that fostered them.
Courtney never intended to craft a film about wartime America. Nevertheless, she bravely follows her subjects into war and embeds herself with their unit when the boys are called to active duty a year and a half into the filmmaking process. The result is an intimate glimpse into four years in the lives of young men that will forever change them.
WHERE SOLDIERS COME FROM is decidedly unpolitical and Courtney's work has been praised by viewers and critics alike for its unfiltered portrayal. In a war that has greatly lacked a sense of nationwide sacrifice, it gives those of us who have not been personally touched by America's overseas military actions a better understanding of the sons and daughters fighting and sacrificing on our behalf and the challenges that face them when they return.
This film is timely and important...don't miss it!
To hear an intimate account of the making of this film, go to my podcasts page and download my interview with producer/director Heather Courtney.
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