RESTREPO One Platoon, One Year, One Valley A film by Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger
"RESTREPO" is a feature-length documentary that chronicles the deployment of a platoon of U.S. soldiers to Afghanistan's Korengal Valley. The movie focuses on a remote 15-man outpost, Restrepo, named after a platoon medic who was killed in action. It was considered one of the most dangerous postings in the US military.
This is an entirely experiential film . . . Our cameras never leave the valley, we don't interview generals or diplomats. Our only goal is to make you feel as though you have just done a 90-minute deployment. This is war, full stop. The conclusions are up to you.
An Outpost Films Production in association with National Geographic Channel Winner of the US Documentary Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival
DIRECTORS' STATEMENT The war in Afghanistan has become highly politicized, but soldiers rarely take part in that discussion. Our intention was to capture the experience of combat, boredom and fear through the eyes of the soldiers themselves. Their lives were our lives: we did not sit down with their families, we did not interview Afghans, we did not explore geopolitical debates. Soldiers are living and fighting and dying at remote outposts in Afghanistan in conditions that few Americans back home can imagine. Their experiences are important to understand, regardless of one's political beliefs. Beliefs can be a way to avoid looking at reality. This is reality. Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger