Presented with SFU Woodward’s and DOXA Documentary Film Festival
January 23, 2013 6:00PM (93 min) FREE
Djavad Mowfaghian Cinema, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings
Named for a young platoon medic killed in action, Restrepo rewrote the war film in its unyielding depiction of the raw horror of combat.
Embedded for 15 months with the Second Platoon, Battle Company of the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Aghanistan’s Korengal Valley (said to be one of the deadliest places on the planet) Junger and Hetherington’s film captures an immersive and encompassing portrait of men in battle. With no interpolation offered, there is only the quotidian reality of conflict — long stretches of boredom intercut with sudden violent death.
Filmed at great risk (Hetherington was later killed in 2011 while covering fighting in Libya) Restrepo remains an enduring legacy to the courage of soldiers in combat, and more importantly a damning indictment of the futility of the Afghan war.
Directed by Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington
Presented in association with the performance of Boca del Lupo’s Photog: An Imaginary Look at the Uncompromising Life of Thomas Smith
Supported by SFU’s Vancity Office of Cultural Engagement.