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ITVS Community Cinema [Cafe] presents "Hell and Back Again" at the Washington DCJCC
Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 3:00 PM (EDT)
Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary
What does it mean to lead men in war? What does it mean to come home — injured physically and psychologically — and build a life anew? In Hell and Back Again two overlapping narratives are intercut — the life of a Marine at war on the front, and the life of the same Marine in recovery at home — creating both a dreamlike quality and a strikingly realistic depiction of how Marines experience this war.
The story follows the U.S. Marines Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, as they launch a major assault on a Taliban stronghold in Southern Afghanistan. Within hours of being dropped deep behind enemy lines, Sergeant Nathan Harris's unit is attacked from all sides. Cut off and surrounded, the Marines fight a ghostlike enemy and experience immense hostility from displaced villagers. Frustration grows on both sides, as any common ground, or success, seems elusive.
IMPORTANT FILM NOTE:
FREE SCREENING and Q&A with representatives from GIVE AN HOUR, an organization dedicated to meeting the mental health needs of the troops and families affected by the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. GIVE AN HOUR is available to provide confidential counseling - more information will be available at the screening.
Visit giveanhour.org for more information
FREE ADMISSION. For tickets, sign up via Eventbrite or call 202-939-0794.
Community Cinema is a groundbreaking public education and civic engagement initiative featuring free monthly screenings of films from the Emmy Award-winning series Independent Lens and other PBS presentations. Community Cinema is on location in more than 100 cities nationally, bringing together leading organizations, community members and public television stations to learn, discuss, and get involved in key social issues of our time.
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