Restrepo

I’m on episode six or so of Big Love. It’s not very good. It’s delved into religion and polygamy in Utah, though, so that interests me. I like learning about sub-cultures and things I’ll never be a part of. Restrepo is a movie everybody should see to get an idea of what it’s like for some of our soldiers – unlike Generation Kill, Restrepo is a real documentary, culled from footage shot while some journalists were embedded with them in a remote post in Afghanistan. One of the journalists who made the Oscar-nominee has been killed in Libya,

41-year-old British-born filmmaker and photojournalist Tim Hetherington, co-director of the Oscar-nominated Afghanistan war documentary Restrepo, was killed today when an RPG struck a group of journalists in the Libyan city of Misrata.

Three others were also injured in the attack: Pulitzer Prize-nominated Getty photographer Chris Hondros, Panos Agency photographer Guy Martin — both of whom are said to be in serious condition — and freelancer Michael Brown, who was slightly wounded.

In his final tweet, posted just hours before the attack, Hetherington wrote: “In besieged Libyan city of Misrata. Indiscriminate shelling by Qaddafi forces. No sign of NATO.”

I think this makes Restrepo even more important to see, now, for all the “so his work doesn’t go unrewarded” sort of reason. I was watching a news bit last night about the importance of old-school (read: NOT THE INTERNET) journalism, watched a news program about the protests in Tunisia – spoiled American children can upload themselves ranting about tiresome, tiresome bullshit but…eh, rant over. Just giving a moment of peace and safe returns to the journalists and other non-soliders also out in war zones.

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One Response to “Restrepo”

  1. N Says:

    yep, a city without a newspaper might end up paying it’s city councilmen millions of dollars a year each.

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