Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Watch Restrepo Now!

I was on Twitter this afternoon, and I saw that Restrepo was trending.  Cool - that's an amazing documentary!  Basically, Tim Hetherington co-directed the gritty, real world experiences of US troops fighting over in Afghanistan.  The film is disturbing in that it's real life war - one minute the soldiers he is entrenched with are sleeping or playing cards. The next minute mortars are falling into camp, and they are taking fire from unknown locations. 

This film is not for everyone.  There is violent war action, involving death.  There are words uttered by soldiers that aren't uttered from the pulpit.  You will begin to see and feel the pain that Second Platoon went through during some of the firefights in one of the most contested battlefronts in Afghanistan.  If you get a chance, watch it.  It is currently streaming instantly in Netflix.   Here's the trailer.

Sadly, Director Tim Herrington was killed today.  He was documenting the war in Libya when he tweeted this final message - “In besieged Libyan city of Misrata. Indiscriminate shelling by Qaddafi forces. No sign of NATO.”  

Please go watch Restrepo.

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