Free Screening of Documentary: Where Soldiers Come From
Sep 18, 2012 | 5:30 to 8:30
September 18th marks the 65th anniversary of the National Security Act going into effect in 1947. This Act created the Department of Defense, the National Security Council and the CIA. The Army Heritage Center Foundation, the Veterans Club at Harrisburg University, and the World Affairs Council are working with Harrisburg University to observe this date with a free screening of the documentary film, Where Soldiers Come From.
Scheduled for 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the University’s Auditorium, the free event will include a discussion with Heather Courtney, the filmmaker and driving force behind the movie.
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 the nation’s wars and the families and the Northern Michigan 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.
The 91-minute film 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. The documentary 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. To watch the trailer or order DVDs, please go to www.wheresoldierscomefrom.com.
The evening will begin with a networking reception from 5:30 to 6 p.m., followed by a screening of the 91 minute movie beginning at 6 p.m. and then a Q&A with the filmmaker upon the conclusion of the film.
This free event is put forth in partnership with the Army Heritage Center Foundation, the Veterans Club at Harrisburg University and the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg.
Seating is limited to 100 and an RSVP is required via Http://www.HarrisburgU.edu/RSVP For additional information on the event or to become a sponsor, email CONNECT@HarrisburgU.edu or call 717.901.5146.