For 15 months, filmmakers Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger were embedded with a US platoon in Afghanistan’s hostile Korengal Valley, shadowing their every move. Winner of the 2010 Sundance Grand Jury Prize, Restrepo is as close as it gets to seeing what life as a soldier is really like.
Restrepo focuses on the deployment of a US platoon in Afghanistan’s hostile Korengal Valley. Over the course of 15 months, the two filmmakers Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger lived with the unit shadowing their every move, resulting in extraordinary footage.
From spectacular combat and ambush scenes to difficult discussions with local village elders, civilian and military deaths, never before had such access been granted. Restrepo is as close as it gets to seeing what life as a soldier is really like.
In April 2011, co-director Tim Hetherington was killed in a mortar attack in rebel-held Misrata, Libya, alongside fellow photojournalist Chris Hondros. Restrepo screens again at Bertha DocHouse to mark the release of new documentary Hondros, which charts Chris’s life and career.