Matt Cavanagh

The infantryman’s struggle in Afghanistan

If you have an interest in the military campaign in Afghanistan, or in modern film-making — and if you have a strong stomach — I would strongly recommend Hell and Back Again, a contender in the Best Documentary category at the Oscars this weekend. Despite winning the World Documentary prize at Sundance last year, it had a very limited cinema release (not unusually for a documentary) and is yet to break even worldwide, though that may be about to change.

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