Sebastian Junger talks about directing the documentary “Which Way is the Front Line from Here: The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington,” a portrait of the war photographer who in April 2011 was killed by mortar fire in Misrata, Libya, where he’d been covering the civil war. Junger is joined by James Brabazon, a war photographer who is featured in the documentary, and who was a friend of Hetherington. The film debuts April 18 on HBO, in conjunction with “Sleeping Soliders,” an outdoor exhibition of Hetherington’s work at The International Center of Photography.
A year ago veteran war photographers Chris Hondros and Tim Hetherington died of injuries sustained while covering the Libyan uprising. When friend, colleague and fellow war reporter Sebastian Junger learned that Hetherington died of injuries that didn’t need to be fatal he founded Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues or RISC. Junger tells Brooke why freelance journalists need the tools to save themselves and their fellow reporters on the battlefield.
On Thursday a video showing four U.S. Marines purportedly urinating on the corpses of three dead Taliban fighters went viral on the internet. Defense secretary Leon Panetta called the behavior “utterly deplorable” and Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai decried the video as “completely inhumane.” The video comes at a tense time, as the U.S. tries to foster peace talks between the Taliban and Karzai's government.
Sebastian Junger, who co-directed the film "Restrepo" with Tim Hetherington, talks about the loss of his friend, who was killed in April while covering the conflict in Libya. He's written a remembrance of Hetherington in Vanity Fair. He’s joined by photojournalists Mike Kamber and Christopher Anderson, who were personally changed by Hetherington’s death. They’ll reminisce about Hetherington’s life, the challenges of war photography, and the close-knit community of war correspondents. They're featured in the article "You Never Forget that First Taste of War" in New York Magazine.
Sebastian Junger revealed he is a fan of chess after a recent appearance on The Leonard Lopate Show.
Award-winning journalists Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington discuss their documentary “Restrepo.” It chronicles the deployment of a platoon of American soldiers to one of the most dangerous outposts in Afghanistan, capturing the day-to-day reality of modern warfare. “Restrepo” won the Grand Jury Prize for U.S. Documentary at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.
Deborah Amos, Philip Gourevich, Arnon Grunberg, Sebastian Junger and Daniele Mastrogiacomo talked about the role of the journalist in war for a PEN World Voices Festival panel held at Le Poisson Rouge. Listen to their conversation here.
Kurt Andersen and writer Sebastian Junger talk about why our culture is drawn to the menace, and beauty, of natural disaster.
Kurt Andersen and the writer Sebastian Junger talk about why our culture is drawn to the menace and beauty of natural disaster.
Junger wrote The Perfect Storm, the best-selling nonfiction book about a Gloucester, Massachusetts fishing crew lost in an extraordinary North Atlantic hurricane. His most recent book, Fire, is ...