Restrepo is a documentary of a 15-man troop in the Korangal Valley in Afganistan fighting the Taliban. The outpost was named “Restrepo” after a platoon medic who was the first to fall. I feel like I need to stop what I’m doing at this very moment and see this movie. Is it me or does this trailer just give you a weird feeling?
“The war in Afghanistan has become highly politicized, but soldiers rarely take part in that discussion. Our intention was to capture the experience of combat, boredom and fear through the eyes of the soldiers themselves. Their lives were our lives: we did not sit down with their families, we did not interview Afghans, we did not explore geopolitical debates. Soldiers are living and fighting and dying at remote outposts in Afghanistan in conditions that few Americans back home can imagine. Their experiences are important to understand, regardless of oneâ€™s political beliefs. Beliefs are a way to avoid looking at reality. This is reality.”
â€“Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger