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Sundance 2011 – Human Cost of War Intimately Examined in Documentary Hell and Back Again

What is the human cost of war — both on the battlefield and the home front? That’s the focus of director Danfung Dennis‘s Afghanistan documentary, Hell and Back Again. In the film, Dennis embedded himself with U.S. Marines Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, during the summer of 2009, as they were battling in a major campaign against the Taliban. During that time he befriended sergeant Nathan Harris, a young marine who was injured during the last days of his deployment. Once Harris was back home in North Carolina, Dennis continued filming the marine as he struggled to overcome his injuries — both physical and mental. The two stories are woven together in the film, which is competing in the festival’s World Cinema Documentary section. AMC News correspondent Jacob Soboroff talked with the photojournalist turned filmmaker about how his intimate images will affect those who see them.

For more Sundance coverage, check out the Sundance Channel blog, SUNfiltered.

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