WEDU to Host Film Screening of One Marine’s Journey to “Hell and Back Again”

APRIL 4, 2012 (Tampa, FL) – 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? As more and more veterans return from deployment these questions must be answered, not only by those who fought, but by their families, their friends and their fellow citizens.

WEDU, west Central Florida’s leading PBS and Public Media station, will host a free exclusive advance screening of the Independent Lens film Hell and Back Again on Tuesday, April 10 at 5:30pm with light refreshments. The film presentation begins at 6:00pm at the Palace Grand, 275 Della Court in Spring Hill. Special guests Sgt. Nathan Harris and his wife Ashley Harris will attend the screening and field questions following the film.

The documentary Hell and Back Again was a standout at the Sundance Film Festival, winning Documentary Grand Jury Award and Cinematography Award. The film follows Marine Sgt. Nathan Harris from Afghanistan back home to North Carolina. Director Danfung Dennis made an unusual choice for this film: no musical score. Instead, he uses sounds gathered on the battlefield and manipulates them to highlight the emotion of the story, seamlessly transitioning from stunning war reportage to an intimate, visceral portrait of one man’s personal struggle back home in North Carolina. There Sergeant Nathan Harris confronts the physical and emotional difficulties of readjusting to civilian life with the love and support of his wife, Ashley.

Nathan and Ashley Harris have shared their most intimate and painful moments for the film in order to illuminate what they, and thousands like them, are going through. Ashley’s role in Nathan’s rehabilitation is testimony to what thousands of loved ones are experiencing: trying to maintain normalcy while picking up the pieces of the lives of the wounded warriors who return home.

This WEDU Community Cinema exclusive screening event is free and open to the public, however seating is limited and reservations are requested. To make a reservation to attend, please visit WEDU’s website at or call (813) 254-9338 ext 2241.