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All in the Family

Danfung Dennis

Chris Dennis is not the only one in the Dennis family leaving his stamp on the world. His brother, Danfung Dennis ’05, recently won the World Cinema Jury Prize and the World Cinema Cinematography Award at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival for his first feature-length documentary on the war in Afghanistan, Hell and Back Again.

After graduating from Cornell with a degree in applied economics and management, Danfung worked as a consultant for small- and medium-sized enterprises in Uganda and South Africa. In 2006, he began working as a photojournalist and filmmaker, embedded with troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. His still photographs have been published in Newsweek, TIME, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, Le Figaro Magazine, Financial Times Magazine, Mother Jones, Der Spiegel, and The Wall Street Journal.

PBS’s Frontline opened its 2009 fall feature program, “Obama’s War,” using Danfung Dennis’s footage. The immersive nature of the footage prompted a flurry of comment and inquiry from the Pentagon, the White House, veterans groups, and viewers and was nominated for a 2010 Emmy Award.

A host of other awards followed, including the Bayeux-Calvados Award For War Correspondents, and Danfung was named one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine and one of the 30 New and Emerging Photographers by PDN Magazine.