Restrepo – Assignment 2


Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger have created an unorthodox war film centred around the real emotions of solders. Being a documentary doesn’t hinder its excitement among films like ‘Saving Private Ryan’ and ‘The Hurt Locker’, because it captures a true portrait of 21st Century war. Hetherington’s Guerrilla filmmaking is something to be admired, his fearless imagery shows influence from Pierre Schoendoerffer’s ‘Anderson Platoon (1968)’ but gives of a completely new view of war heroes. It shows the relationships between real solders during unimaginable experiences, documenting war through an eye that is stronger than the media’s view on conflict. The humanity of war is something that usually can’t even be expressed because of the controversy surrounding it, but Hetherington has used his skills in photography to establish a relationship with each individual and express himself by getting closer to the story. Overall, it’s interesting to see the different mediums that Hetherington uses, because they share similarities with his photography. Both his filmmaking and his photography are intimate and show emotions that other artists are afraid of, showing his experimental technique.


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