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Oscar Nominated Documentaries: "Restrepo"

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Sebastian Junger, filmmaker/journalist and author of WAR, and filmmaker/photographer Tim Hetherington, discuss their film about the war in Afghanistan, "Restrepo."

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Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger
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Comments [7]

Taher from Croton on Hudson

Thanks Mr. Bad from NYC, spot on. You got it right about all of these cons, Junger included, who're only into self aggrandizement They don't ask the serious questions because they are part of the aparat who brought us the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Feb. 16 2011 01:39 PM
Mr. Bad from NYC

Junger & Hetherington =

Embedded Filmmakers.

The real doc should have been these two and their preproduction discussions with their Pentagon "handlers".

Feb. 16 2011 12:17 PM
Mr. Bad from NYC

I have nothing for contempt for this film and the BS neo cinema verite content paraded around as "emotional" truth. Junger sure likes posing in his body armor, I think he thinks he's Hemingway or something.... Contrast this "have it both ways" nonsense with "The Tillman Story" with its genuine, hard hitting emotional truth as told by people who AREN'T directed or selectively edited to portray them a certain way, but who have actively chosen to be part of a doc. I used to like junger (Perfect Storm) but he's clearly overdosed on ego and machismo, his personal sanctimony and deliberate fence sitting. How can you divorce the pain and sacrifice of war from the reasons for it? There is a reason WW2 veterans adjusted faster to civilian life - they may have been tormented by the experience of combat but they never had to question their first principles for being subjected to it.

Feb. 16 2011 11:58 AM
Mark F. from Work

Maybe they're guys "based on their sound."

Feb. 16 2011 11:58 AM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

It is so boring to see another myopic documentation on troops in some far off conflict. These ‘human-interest” documentaries never examine the reasons for the war, what is the total some results, when will it end, and who makes these foreign policy decisions? How dose being in another Asian war help America’s standing?

Feb. 16 2011 11:55 AM
Alex from NYC

UNBELIEVABLE--Just after I posted my last comment, BRIAN just referred to soldiers as "guys." That's 3 for 3. Well done, "guys."

Feb. 16 2011 11:53 AM
Alex from Alex

Ok, that's the race covered. Now for the gender: a clip was played in which a soldier in Afghanistan referred to himself and his fellow soldiers as "guys" repeatedly. The filmmaker to refers to soldiers as "guys" repeatedly. So women risk and sometimes lose their lives serving in the military, doing brave and often outstanding work, sometimes without sufficient equipment or armor. And on top of this, they must suffer being made invisible by the incurious unthinkingness of military personnel and documenters who refer to all soldiers as "guys." And let me guess--somehow you imagine that this is off-topic? For shame.

Feb. 16 2011 11:51 AM

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