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The truths of war and the tolls it takes are explored in this intimate documentary following one soldier’s brave journey. You will never forget it.
In 2009, U.S. Marines launched a major helicopter assault on a Taliban stronghold in southern Afghanistan. Within hours of being dropped deep behind enemy lines, 25-year-old Sergeant Nathan Harris’ unit is attacked from all sides.
Embedded in Echo Company during the assault, photojournalist and filmmaker Danfung Dennis captures the frontline action with visceral immediacy. When Sergeant Harris returns home to North Carolina after a life-threatening injury in battle, the film evolves from stunning war reportage to the story of one man’s personal apocalypse.
With the love and support of his wife, Ashley, Harris struggles to overcome the difficulties of transitioning back to civilian life. The two realities seamlessly intertwine to communicate both the extraordinary drama of war and, for a generation of soldiers, the no-less-difficult experience of returning home.
An unprecedented exploration of the moving image and a film of uncommon intimacy, Hell and Back Again comes full circle as it lays bare the true cost of war.
Special Features include Audio Commentary, Deleted Scenes, Music Video, Photo Gallery and more.
Reviews Counted: 27
Fresh: We're left to decide which wounds go the deepest, those from Afghanistan or those caused by the confusion and emotional barrages he continues to suffer in America.-Linda Barnard, Toronto Star, August 24, 2012
Fresh: In its closing scenes, "Hell and Back Again" builds to an emotional and stylistic power that we didn't see coming.-Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, February 23, 2012
Fresh: Dennis's film attempts something few documentaries have: to inhabit the psyche of its subject.-Wesley Morris, Boston Globe, January 05, 2012
Fresh: The film suggests that it doesn't really matter whether Harris ever gets back in uniform. He's forever carrying around a piece of unexploded ordnance in his head.-Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, November 18, 2011