Since 9/11, more than two million American service people have deployed overseas. For many military families, the almost unbearable strain makes the moment they’re finally reunited that much sweeter. Increasingly, these moments are being captured on tape, often by the serviceperson and a complicit friend or family member, giving rise to a whole new YouTube genre: the surprise soldier homecoming video.
Witness: G.I. Homecoming reveals the emotional stories behind some of the most memorable surprise reunion videos, creating a powerful portrait of America’s home front, circa 2012. Weaving together home movies, war zone footage shot by the soldiers themselves and original, first-person accounts, the show tells the story of the families’ journeys up to the moment of their unforgettable reunions.
Poignant, dramatic, tearful, and joyous, Witness: G.I. Homecoming is an enduring tribute to the resilience of America’s military families.