10 Jan

Restrepo is a feature-length documentary directed by Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington in partnership with Outpost Films and National Geographic. The film chronicles the deployment of a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley. At the time of filming, the Korengal Valley was considered the deadliest place on earth and one of the most dangerous postings in the U.S. military. The film focuses on a remote 15-man outpost , ” OP Restrepo,” named after a platoon medic who was killed in action, during a 15 month tour of duty. The film is entirely experiential, as the cameras never leave the valley and there are no interviews with generals or diplomats. The only goal of this documetay is to make viewers feel as if they have just been through a 90-minute deployment. This is war. After months of being {highly} encouraged by numerous friends to see the war documentary entitled Restrepo, I finally watched it. It is nothing short of amazing.

Director’s Statement: “The war in Afghanistan has become highly politicized, but soldiers rarely take part in that discussion. Our intention was to capture the experience of combat, boredom and fear through the eyes of the soldiers themselves. Their lives were our lives: we did not sit down with their families, we did not interview Afghans, we did not explore geopolitical debates. Soldiers are living and fighting and dying at remote outposts in Afghanistan in conditions that few Americans back home can imagine. Their experiences are important to understand, regardless of one’s political beliefs. Beliefs are a way to avoid looking at reality. This is reality.”   – Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger


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