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Restrepo - Director's Statement

Restrepo

Preview by Jack Foley

DOGWOOF is proud to present award-winning documentary Restrepo on DVD on December 6, 2010.

This intense and powerful film by Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger (author of The Perfect Storm and War) focuses on one year in the deployment of US Battle Company, stationed in the Korengal Valley, Afghanistan; described at the time by CNN as “the most dangerous place in the world”.

Grand Jury Winner at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, critically acclaimed and now on the Academy Award longlist for best documentary, the cinema release resonated with audiences on both sides of the Atlantic.

With the DVD release, including a host of fantastic extras – deleted scenes, where are they now featurette and interview clips – Restrepo is the DVD to own this year.

For 15 months filmmakers Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger lived with the soldiers of Second Platoon on the remote outpost of Restrepo (names for fallen comrade Medic Juan Restrepo), shadowing their every move, living in close quarters with the service men, the resulting footage is intimate and raw; as close to real life soldiering as it gets.

Told exclusively from the eyes of the servicemen, from combat to death to the boredoms and frustrations of survival, this film captures it all. This is ‘the real Hurt Locker‘.

Restrepo is out on DVD on December 6, 2010.

DIRECTORS’ STATEMENT:

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 one’s political beliefs. Beliefs can be a way to avoid looking at reality. This is reality.

– Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger

Read our review

Certificate: E
Running time: 93 mins
UK DVD Release: December 6, 2010