“Hell and Back Again” by Danfung Dennis has been nomineed for Academy Awards – Best Documentary.
“Hell and back again” opened in theaters Wednesday, October 5th.
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’s unit (US Marines Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment) is attacked from all sides. Cut off and surrounded, the Marines fight a ghostlike enemy and experience immense hostility from displaced villagers caught in the middle.
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.
In immense physical pain, Sergeant Harris grows addicted to his medication. His agony deepens as he attempts to reconcile the gulf between his experience of war and the terrifying normalcy of life at home. 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.
**NOMINEE – ACADEMY AWARDS – BEST DOCUMENTARY**
**IDA AWARDS – JACQUELINE DONNET EMERGING FILMMAKER AWARD**
**NOMINEE – FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS – TRUER THAN FICTION
**NOMINEE – GOTHAM INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS – BEST DOCUMENTARY**
**NOMINEE – BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS – BEST DOCUMENTARY**
**NOMINEE – CINEMA EYE HONORS – OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTION**
**NOMINEE – CINEMA EYE HONORS – BEST DEBUT FEATURE**
**NOMINEE – CINEMA EYE HONORS – OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION**
**WINNER – CINEMA EYE HONORS – OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY**
**WINNER Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award 2012 – Graduate School of Journalism**
**WINNER World Cinema Jury Prize Documentary – Sundance Film Festival 2011**
**WINNER World Cinema Cinematography Award– Sundance Film Festival 2011**
**WINNER – Best Film of the Documentary Competition – Moscow Int’l Film Festival**
**WINNER Harrell Award for Best Documentary – Camden International Festival 2011**