Oscar Nominated Documentaries: Hell and Back Again

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Hell and Back Again's director Danfung Dennis and producer Mike Lerner discuss their Oscar-nominated documentary about Sergeant Nathan Harris at war in Afghanistan and his return home after being wounded.


Danfung Dennis and Mike Lerner

Comments [5]

Michael Villacres from Queens, NY

To close, as long there are games that continue to become more and more "real" serving their young market, or movies that come out every sumer that are not looking for a golden statue but those big profits, then of coarse young Americans will want "WAR" and sign-up for the real thing. The real question is what do we Americans do about this, if anything?
Young Americans need to know the truth about WAR, the wounded and the dead reality "not included" in game boxes or box offices.
Let us also not place the constant blame and stereotype on video games that "they cause violence." They do not, what they actually do is add gasoline, to the already existing fire that is human aggression, thus increasing it but not creating it. Let us not forget that because of stories and or wanting to be like their fathers, boys joined ancient armies to fight, kill, and bring honor back to their families and fathers; thus also returning with their manhood as well. Thank you.

Feb. 14 2012 01:53 PM

The sports/war analogies are just dawning on you, now???

They're both pretty stupid.

Less testosterone, more BRAINS!!

Feb. 14 2012 01:42 PM
Michael Villacres from Queens, NY

For years...NO for decades now America celebrates the warmth of the sun, fireworks on July 4th, and the annual unveiling of the "Summer Blockbuster Hits" shown in theaters across the nation viewed by many couples and young men & women. They look in awe at the "cool" special effects, such as 3-D blood spattering and heads flying; and some think "I want to pull that trigger," or "I could do that special move, etc."
I do no nor have I seen movies that show, even action comedies, a "hero" waving an olive branch but instead a machine gun. Peaceful and insightful movies that make us think and or look inside ourselves do not become blockbuster or box office hits. They are reserved for the Academy Awards for such recognition. Flicks such as: Transformers 3 or Avengers are what do and will continue to be celebrated. Don't forget "Saving Private Ryan" or "Tora Tora Tora" can tell a good story and include war in it too.

Feb. 14 2012 01:40 PM
Michael Villacres from Queens, NY

Good afternoon. My comments are In response to the excerpt from "Hell and Back Again," featuring USMC Sergeant Harris' response to why he joined the Marine Corp: "I want to kill" and his recruiter's response: "that's the best answer I ever heard."
This opinion is shared by and encouraged to Young Americans because of profits by the entertainment industry and, as we heard, by some military recruiters. For recruiters this is some what in response to the current modern age of video games and action movies that attract more young Americans both pre and post-9/11 or WWII for that matter, to become the next "action hero" or "hero".
What do you expect? USA's video games are made to be "graphic" where the game is designed to be more real, violent, featuring modern weapons, like drones AKA UAVs, and give bonus points for "head shots;" I.E. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare or Battlefield 3.

Feb. 14 2012 01:32 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

Yeah, Afghanistan will be forgotten the way Korea was quickly forgotten. I was just a 6 year old when the KOrean was blazing, and Superman in the comics was fighting flying yellow CHinese vampires. I also remember the surrender of the French foreign legion at Dienbienphu.I remember some of the first Korean war hollywood films and about the "indochinese" war. But 8 years later we were in Vietnam anyway. Memories are short.

Feb. 14 2012 11:52 AM

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