Indie Trailer Sunday: Acclaimed War Documentary 'Restrepo'
by Alex Billington
May 30, 2010
One of my very good friends, Yama, that stayed in the same apartment with us at Cannes talked about this documentary quite a bit, not only because there were a few similar docs showing in Cannes, but because it's a great film. Today I wanted to feature the official trailer for Restrepo, a documentary about the year that journalists Hetherington & Junger spent with a platoon in the "deadliest valley in Afghanistan." This looks like it's an incredible documentary, definitely a strong Oscar contender next year, and National Geographic is bringing it to theaters this summer. I highly suggest watching the trailer and seeing the film this summer.
Watch the trailer for Tim Hetherington & Sebastian Junger's Restrepo:
You can also watch the trailer for Restrepo in High Definition on Apple
Follows the year that Junger/Hetherington spent in Afghanistan on assignment for Vanity Fair, embedded with an Airborne Brigade Combat Team platoon in the Korangal valley. Visit: restrepothemovie.com.
Restrepo was co-directed by Tim Hetherington, a photographer and cinematographer for The Devil Came on Horseback, and Sebastian Junger, the author/journalist best known for The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea. This first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival where it won the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary. National Geographic is bringing Restrepo to limited theaters on June 25th this summer.
we already have this sort of documentary in the UK, except its 2 series with the total of 12 episodes lasting 50 mins each. You call it Ross Kemp in Afgahastan. this does look good, but all im saying is that it wasnt the first & it wont be the last.
chris Eubank on May 30, 2010
Looks good. I'll have to check it out. I just hope people can leave their political bias out of it when they watch this. Wishful thinking.
Xerxex on May 30, 2010
wow that looks really good, the footage is really clear and shows a lot
Sharlto on May 30, 2010
I really want to see this
ocp on May 30, 2010
I saw it at Sundance. This is an intense documentary. Worth watching for sure.
eric on May 30, 2010
Janus Metz’s “Armadillo”, an Afghanistan war documentary from Denmark, topped Critics Week in Cannes. The film won two awards.
martin lind on May 30, 2010
chilin on May 31, 2010
BTW: It's the first time that a documentary has won the main prize at "Semaine de la Critique."
martin lind on May 31, 2010
Xerxex on May 31, 2010
Why even bother showing this? Our ass is getting WHOOPED over there and once our major allies bail in the next 12-18 months the situation will become untenable and we'll be quietly slinking back home again, wondering why we ever got ourselves into this mess and did not take to heart the lessons of the past 2000 years of Afghan resistance to foriegn aggression. Best just to get out now and forget it ever took place. Expunge it from memory.
Semper F**ck on May 31, 2010
@ 10, because its not about the politics or the war itself. Its about the humans that are thrown into it. True, its there job, and they volunteered to join, but that doesn't make it easy. Win or lose, its a soldiers job to fight. If you payed any attention to the trailer, you notice that it focuses more on the emotions of the soldiers involved, not the war itself. Believe it or not, the soldiers over there fighting and dying are people too. And war fucks with their heads. Believe me, I know.
nate on Jun 1, 2010
Where do I get my ticket?
Brandon on Jun 1, 2010
#11 Nate, I don't believe #10 is actually railing against the military, rather the politics of the wars themselves. In fact, if it's the person I think he is then he is only venting the frustration and outrage we all feel at the betrayal of and misuse of the armed forces which has taken place this last decade Iraq was/is an illegal fiasco which has turned many a good man bad and ruined or ended countless other lives, and for what? Nothing. And why? For no good reason that can ever be identifed. Afghanistan is a good war (apologies to Studs Terkel) a moral war, don't get me wrong, but it should have been long over by now and is now verging on unwinnable, and therefore, pointless, as the gains of late 2001 were never capitalised on and that level of advantage won't be acheived again. The time and resources and personnel wasted in losing - which we have - in Iraq could have let us win in Afghanistan, or a least put us well down the road to it, to the point our commitment there in 2010 might be far, far less that it is now, enabling us to focus on more pressing matters such as DPRK-V-ROK, China-V-Taiwan and the world against Iran. War is coming yet again and we are not well positioned to take part of even defend ourselves should it come to that. Our military is more run down than you might realise and the poor are wising up to the fact that they will be exploited for longer than their lawful contracts stipulate and they will not be taken care of should they come home crippled in mind and body. The criminal and corrupt conduct of those who make policy are to blame here, not the troops, but it is the troops who are in the public eye, not the leeches in Capitol, and somehow it's always the buck stopping with the troops and not those who sent them. While there are heroes in this war on both sides, I have no doubt, these are overshadowed by images of Abu Graihb, puppy throwing, gun camera footage of families being strafed and news reports of rapes and murders of innocent locals by own own forces and the bad stuff is always better for ratings than the good stuff. Anyway, went off topic for a bit there, but spleen vented for now. I look forward to seeing this and to all involved, I thank you for your service and sacrifce.
Bob on Jun 1, 2010
Thank you so much for spreading the word about Restrepo. This is an incredibly important film. Please also connect with us on http://www.facebook.com/RestrepoTheMovie.com ! All the best, National Geographic Movies
Dana on Jun 4, 2010
What? Who's been throwing puppies? Why wasn't I informed?
Rufus Rex on Jun 4, 2010
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