Photojournalist and filmmaker Tim Hetherington was always searching for the humanity within wartime conflict, as evidenced in his award-winning body of work. When he and Sebastian Junger spent a year filming a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan in their Academy Award–nominated and Sundance Grand Jury Prizewinning film Restrepo, they weren’t simply looking for action; instead, they chose to focus on the many small moments that make war real. Hetherington’s footage of time he spent with the rebel army during Liberia’s civil war and in Libya prior to his untimely death from a mortar blast in 2011 conveys a rare sense of intimacy in sharp contrast to the violence surrounding him. Although he spent most of his time traveling to the epicenter of war zones, he was seeking the truth, rather than adventure. That is Hetherington’s enduring gift.
Director Sebastian Junger gracefully weaves together footage of Hetherington at work and moving interviews with his family, friends, and colleagues to capture his compatriot and friend’s unique perspective, compassion, and intense curiosity about the human spirit. - L.V.
About the Director
New York–based writer and journalist Sebastian Junger first ventured into film with the documentary Restrepo, which he shot and directed with colleague Tim Hetherington. The film won the 2010 Sundance Grand Jury Prize for best documentary and was nominated for an Academy Award. Junger’s accompanying book, War, spent more than a month on the New York Times best-seller list; his other books include The Perfect Storm, Fire, and A Death in Belmont. As a contributing editor for Vanity Fair, Junger has reported from war zones across the world.
Cast and Credits
Director: Sebastian Junger
Executive Producer: Sheila Nevins
Producers: James Brabazon, Nick Quested
Cinematographers: James Brabazon, Tim Hetherington, Sebastian Junger
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