(USA/2011—directed by Heather Courtney)
After graduating from their high school in the Upper Peninsula town of Hancock, Michigan, best friends Dominic and Cole were enticed by a $20,000 signing bonus and college tuition to join the National Guard. Persuading friends to join them, the young men were sent to Afghanistan. This award-winning new documentary looks beyond the policies of an ongoing war to examine the war’s effect on parents, loved ones and the whole community when young people go off to fight. Returning to her hometown, director Heather Courtney gained extraordinary access, following these young men as they grew from teens stuck in town to 23-year-old veterans facing the struggles of returning home. (91 min.)
Director Heather Courtney and subjects Cole Smith and Matt Beaudoin will introduce the screenings and talk with the audience.
The DFT is pleased to offer discounted admission to veterans and active-duty military. $6, available at the door.
“A heartbreaking portrait” –Variety
Friday, September 30 at 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 1 at 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 2 at 4:30 p.m.