Veterans Day Program - Oscar Nominated Film: Hell And Back Again

Tuesday November 13, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This 2012 Oscar Nominee for Best Documentary Feature also won the 2011 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize and the Sundance prize for cinematography. The crucially acclaimed film expertly captures both the extraordinary drama of war and, for a generation of soldiers, the no-less-difficult experience of returning home to loved ones as a veteran.

In 2009, U.S. Marines launched a major helicopter assault on a Taliban stronghold in southern Afghanistan. Embedded in Echo Company during the assault, photojournalist and filmmaker Danfung Dennis captures the frontline action with visceral immediacy. Within hours of being dropped deep behind enemy lines, 25-year-old Sergeant Nathan Harris's unit is attacked from all sides.

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.

An unprecedented exploration of the moving image and a film of uncommon intimacy, Hell And Back Again (which is not rated) comes full circle as it lays bare the true cost of war.