Analysis Of ' Hell And Back Again ' By Danfung Dennis

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In "Hell and Back Again", Danfung Dennis documents the struggles of American soldiers as they fight for the freedom of the Afghan people, and sheds light upon the brutal reality of war. The film also explains our reasons in occupying Afghanistan, and highlights the motives of the soldiers, their daily struggles, and their perseverance, as they try to carve out an unfettered future for others. Ronald Reagan once said "Freedom is never more than one generation from extinction". However, how heavy can cost of freedom be for the troops? Fighting for our country on the front lines calls for difficult choices and lifetime sacrifices. Many, like Sgt. Harris are both wounded in battle and end up developing PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) from the horrors of battle. We should only support those who are willing to fight and die for their freedom; if they are not ready to die for it, our troops be asked to make that sacrifice for them. The United States of America has long stood as the pillar of freedom and democracy for the rest of the world, and God-willing, it will remain so throughout the ages. However, some question the legitimacy of our soldiers fighting in foreign countries far removed from our borders. Dennis sought to uncover the motives behind our nation 's actions in Afghanistan through his work as a war photographer-turned director. To him, filming the struggles our troops and those of the Afghan people lends more credence to reality than the trite photographs…
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