April 10: The Oscar-nominated film Hell and Back Again screening

ITVS Community Cinema and WHYY in partnership with Give an Hour and the Temple University Film and Media Arts Department present a free screening of the Oscar-nominated film Hell and Back Again, which was edited by Fiona Otway, an MFA student in the FMA Department. She will participate in a Q&A session following the film.This event is FREE and open to the public, but registration is required.

Date: April 10, 2012
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Admission: Free
Registration: Register online or call 215-351-0511
Venue: WHYY Hamilton Public Media Commons
Address: 150 N. 6th St, Philadelphia Google Map

About the film

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.

The parallel story begins with Sergeant Harris’s return home to his wife in the U.S., after he is severely injured. He’s in terrible physical pain, and becomes addicted to his pain medication. But his psychological pain may be worse, as he attempts to reconcile the immense gulf between his experiences at war, and the terrifying normalcy of life at home. These two stories intertwine to communicate both the extraordinary drama of war and the no less shocking experience of returning home, as a whole generation of Marines struggles to find an identity in a country that prefers to be indifferent.

After the film
WHYY’s Behavioral Health Reporter, Maiken Scott moderates a discussion with Barbara Van Dahlen, President and Founder of Give an Hour and Fiona Otway, editor of Hell and Back Again.

Be sure to indicate if you need ASL interpretation and/or closed captioning when you RSVP.

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