We at CIR were deeply saddened to hear the news of Tim Hetherington’s death today. An award winning photographer and co-director of the film Restrepo, Hetherington was killed by a rocket-propelled grenade while covering the conflict in Misurata, Libya.
The USC community had the honor of meeting Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger earlier this year, during a CIR-hosted panel following the screening of Restrepo. The audience, comprised of students, faculty, and members of the greater community, was riveted and moved by Hetherington’s firsthand accounts of his experience as an embedded photojournalist in the Korengal Valley. During the Q&A session, some of the audience members who had served in the military shared their own experiences, and expressed their appreciation of the directors’ sensitive and honest portrayal of war. Hetherington and Junger enthusiastically shook hands and talked with audience members long after the event was over, waiting until every attendee had left before heading off to their next destination.
On December 1st, CIR presented a special screening of the acclaimed documentary RESTREPO, followed by a Q & A session with the filmmakers Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington. The event was held at The Forum, a beautiful screening room in the newly opened Ronald Tutor Campus Center, and drew a crowd of over 70 individuals. Attendees included students and faculty from USC, as well as veterans, students from other local colleges, and other community members.
The Q & A was moderated by Murray Fromson, a Professor Emeritus at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. Before coming to USC, Murray Fromson had a 35 year career in journalism. He was an Associated Press and CBS News Correspondent and Producer who covered both the Korean and Vietnam Wars, the former Soviet Union, two US presidential campaigns, and the civil rights movement in the southern US.
During their talk, Junger and Hetherington shared their personal experiences of making the film in the Korengal Valley. Following the Q & A, many audience members stayed to chat with the filmmakers, and receive autographed copies of books by the two filmmakers – WAR, by Sebastian Junger and Infidel, by Tim Hetherington.
The USC School of Social Work’s Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families (CIR) hosts a free screening of the acclaimed documentary RESTREPO, and Q & A session with award-winning photographer Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger, author of War.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010 – 7:00 to 9:00pm
University Park Campus
The Forum (4th Floor, Room 450)
at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC)
FREE TO THE PUBLIC
First 20 people will receive an autographed copy of the book WAR by Sebastian Junger, or Infidel by Tim Hetherington.
RSVP to email@example.com
For directions and parking information, see the interactive campus map.
ABOUT THE FILM:
Winner of the Sundance Festival’s 2010 Grand Jury Prize, RESTREPO is a feature-length documentary that chronicles the deployment of a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley. The movie focuses on a remote 15-man outpost, “Restrepo,” named after a platoon medic who was killed in action. It was considered one of the most dangerous postings in the U.S. military. This is an entirely experiential film: the cameras never leave the valley; there are no interviews with generals or diplomats. The only goal is to make viewers feel as if they have just been through a 94-minute deployment. This is war, full stop. The conclusions are up to you.
To learn more about RESTREPO, visit www.restrepothemovie.com