3 February, 2011
Whether liberal or conservative, staunchly pro-war or fiercely pacifist, students will likely find their reactions to “Restrepo” contrary to expectation. Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington’s war documentary, recently nominated for an Oscar, is a film that every American, regardless of other affiliation, should see.
Cautiously apolitical, the film follows a year in the lives of American soldiers deployed in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley, widely known as one of the most dangerous military bases. The emphasis on objectivity and evasion of a clear political message is explained by the backgrounds of the film’s creators—journalist Junger and photojournalist Hetherington are both seasoned war correspondents. In “Examining Restrepo,” a film screening and discussion event organized by the Columbia University School of Journalism on Thursday, Feb. 3, the two explained, “we wanted to relate the emotional terrain of war.” [Full Story]