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Photojournalist Danfung Dennis has captured the brutalities of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for major publications, including The New York Times, Time magazine, The Guardian and The Washington Post.
Inspired by these experiences, Dennis embedded with the U.S. Marines Echo Company in Afghanistan and created the documentary Hell And Back Again.
The documentary focuses on the story of U.S. Marine Sgt. Nathan Harris. Harris' hip was injured by fire from a Taliban machine gun. The film follows his transition back to life in North Carolina.
Dennis talks with NPR's Neal Conan about the process of directing the film, now nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature.
The county government has purchased four drones for use by its fire department and innovation office, but bureaucracy is keeping them grounded for now.