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Danfung Dennis presents a powerful depiction of the horrors and daily violence of our ongoing war in Afghanistan.
Dennis's film attempts something few documentaries have: to inhabit the psyche of its subject.
A superb, violent, jarring and daring documentary.
In its closing scenes, Hell and Back Again builds to an emotional and stylistic power that we didn't see coming.
As vital as the best war chronicles to come out in recent years, this is one every American ought to see.
A tough but deeply rewarding watch. Search it out.
The documentary Hell and Back Again may be the closest most civilians ever get to the reality of the war in Afghanistan.
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.
Dennis refuses to push a political agenda down viewers' throats. But the message of his film -- a breathlessly paced look at the realities of war -- is clear: War and its aftermath are indeed hell.
Unlike most war documentaries, which tend to only skim the surface of its gun-toting subjects' lives, photojournalist Danfung Dennis's Hell and Back Again isn't content to merely capture warriors in combat.

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