Sundance Film Festival: 'Restrepo'
Soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan have been on moviegoers' minds lately with "The Hurt Locker" and "Brothers" playing in theaters and garnering awards show buzz. So it was timely to view a documentary about the subject so soon after seeing the aforementioned narratives. And what a documentary "Restrepo" was. Directors Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington were embedded on and off for a year with soldiers in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley, known as one of the most dangerous spots in the country. First of all, it's incredibly impressive that Junger and Hetherington even got the access they did — they were right in there for every aspect of the soldiers' lives, from fighting to attempting to negotiate with locals to breaking down emotionally to dying. Junger and Hetherington combined that footage with post-Afghanistan interviews. "Restrepo" (the name of an important outpost in the Korengal that the soldiers named after one of their fallen comrades, Juan "Doc" Restrepo) takes viewers on an emotional ride. It's heartbreaking, uplifting, funny, anger-inducing — and a must-see.