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Hell and Back Again
Unlike earlier generations of injured veterans, American soldiers who have been wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan have received quite a bit of attention. In print and on television the accounts of their attempts to recover from lost limbs and head trauma have been told and retold, accompanied by images that were startling at first but are less so now. These glimpses into disrupted lives, though, can have a prepackaged, almost sanitized feel, no matter how graphic. The overall point is the resilience of those involved. Dennis, a photojournalist, accompanied Marines from Echo Company on a push in southern Afghanistan. When one Marine, Sgt.
Now Dennis is taking his quest to capture raw reality a step further with Condition One , an iPad app that allows users to navigate images from battlefield and beyond. When I first went to war at age 23 — I went to Afghanistan as a freelance photojournalist — I had a lot of these romantic visions in my head as well. Many of them were from film. But over the years, I realized that the images I was making were completely different from the fictional representations of war. What I saw was much darker, much more painful; the level of suffering was immense. The spectrum of war is much wider than what is commonly portrayed in movies. Dennis: Absolutely.
Hell and Back Again is a American-British-Afghan documentary film produced, shot, and directed by Danfung Dennis , about a sergeant in the United States Marines Corps who returns from the Afghanistan conflict with a badly broken leg and post-traumatic stress disorder. On January 24, , the film was announced as one of the five nominees for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Director Dennis worked as a war photographer in Afghanistan beginning in , however, he became increasingly frustrated with photojournalism. He switched to films and new media to try to "shake people from their indifference to [the Afghanistan] war" and to present a "brutally honest experience of war". Dennis already had begun filming for some time when he was given the opportunity in July to spend four weeks with the U.