On TV: ‘Hell and Back Again’

If you’re living in a region with a public television station that’s smart enough to air Independent Lens, one of the nation’s greatest resources for getting the best indie films before a bigger audience, then tonight you’ll be able to watch Hell and Back Again. A raw and brutally evocative piece of work that flips back and forth between a Marine trying to survive the crucible of conflict in southern Afghanistan and his attempts to adjust to life back home, was one of the greatest practically-unreleased documentaries from 2011.

Make sure to check it out, if not on PBS, then on DVD. My review is at filmcritic.com.

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