Where Soldiers Come From

Thursday, May 17 at 6 p.m.

Film, reception, and remarks

Free; pre-registration encouraged

This event is presented in collaboration with the Arts, Military + Healing initiative, a series of workshops and events in Washington, D.C., May 13-18.


Photo courtesy Heather Courtney

Photo courtesy of Heather Courtney

The evening features a 6 p.m. screening of Where Soldiers Come From, followed by a discussion with filmmaker Heather Courtney and Dominic "Dom" Fredianelli, a veteran in the film. In addition, visitors are invited to view Tim Hetherington: Sleeping Soldiers and Shadows of History in the galleries.

At 7 p.m., there will be a reception in the Corcoran's north Atrium for the exhibition Veteran Made: Selections from the Combat Paper Project.

At 8 p.m. in the north Atrium, remarks will be given by Drew Cameron and Drew Matott, co-founders of the Combat Paper Project; Lovella Calica, founder of Warrior Writers; and João Silva, a renowned, award-winning, South African photographer who has covered conflicts in Africa, the Balkans, the Middle East, and Iraq, in addition to many other countries.

About the Film

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. This documentary film follows three young men as they grow and change from carefree teenagers in a northern Michigan town, to National Guard soldiers sweeping roadside bombs while stationed in the mountains of Afghanistan, to 23-year-old disillusioned veterans. Where Soldiers Come From looks beyond the guns and policy war to examine the effect on parents, loved ones, and the whole community when young people go off to fight and return to deal with post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury—the new silent signature wounds of the Afghan war.

Corcoran Gallery and College of Art + Design
500 Seventeenth Street NW Washington, DC 20006
Gallery:  (202) 639-1700
College: (202) 639-1800