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Rated NR · 88 minutes · 2011

Filmmaker Danfung Dennis got almost total access to the life of U.S. Marine sergeant Nathan Harris of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and the result is an absorbing peek into the circumstances of people whose stories usually get filtered in movies — America’s armed services personnel and their families. In this case, side-by-side through crosscut flashbacks and -forwards, we observe how the remarkably upbeat and matter-of-fact Sgt. Harris and his overwhelmed wife, Ashley, are dealing with the results of his war injury, a bullet that zig-zagged through his leg in Afghanistan and left him perpetually medicated for his constant pain. When Harris says: “O Lord, grant me the strength not to shoot myself” while toying with one of the sidearms he keeps always within reach at his home, we listen. Fiona Otway’s editing is just as skillful as first-time producer-director-videographer Dennis’ feel for the ebbs and flows of the Harris’ lives. Recommended. (88 min.)
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Director: Danfung Dennis
Producer: Danfung Dennis and Martin Herring


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