National Board of Reviews Honors Restrepo Directors

December 3rd, 2010

(National Geographic Entertainment)

Restrepo, the documentary co-directed by Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington, continues to receive awards recognition, as the National Board of Review gave the journalists the Spotlight Award for Best Directorial Debut. The film, which comes out on Blu-ray and DVD December 7th, won the Grand Jury Prize (documentary) at the Sundance Film Festival, and is one of 15 films in consideration for a Best Documentary Oscar nod. “It’s just thrilling to have the movie be recognized,” said Junger, who talked to us seconds after hearing about the National Board of Review news. “It’s a really important story and there’s a lot of young men and women risking and sacrificing their lives for this country. There’s a way to appreciate what they are doing without being political about it. That political conversation has to happen but not necessarily in every piece of journalism that is created.” The filmmakers followed a group of soldiers (the 2nd Platoon of the 173rd Airborne) during an entire deployment in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley (while shooting the film, Junger snapped his Achilles tendon, and Hetherington broke his leg during Operation Rock Avalanche). “Injuries played a part in the film, but luckily we weren’t killed but other soldiers were killed out there,” said Hetherington. “It was a very tough year and filming conditions were also very tough.”

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