Three years ago photographer, photojournalist, and filmmaker Tim Hetherington showed his documentary “Restrepo” — which would go on to be nominated for an Oscar — at the Sundance Film Festival, and this year his collaborator on that film, Sebastian Junger, is back in Park City to screen “Which Way is the Front Line From Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington,” his documentary about Hetherington, who was killed in a mortar attack while reporting in Libya on April 20, 2011.
“I had a very bad feeling, too,” Junger told the Guardian of Hetherington’s fateful decision to go to Misrata. “The only way to Misrata was by boat. Gaddafi had a navy, and didn’t want the press broadcasting his atrocities. I warned Tim that Gaddafi would start sinking boats. How are you going to get out, I asked him?”
The film, which will air on HBO this year, offers a psychological portrait of Hetherington up to the day of his death, showing him to be a generally conscientious and careful image-maker. “Tim was generally cautious,” Junger told the Guardian, “but this time he got so intoxicated by the drama that he acted without good judgment. There’s something transcendent about combat. You get sucked into it. It’s a drug you take that makes you feel potent. The irony is that he wasn’t killed inside the building that you see in the film, where people are playing catch with hand grenades. He went back to that area in the afternoon and was killed by a single mortar on an otherwise quiet afternoon.”
Watch Sebastian Junger discuss his new documentary on the late artist and photojournalist Tim Hetherington:
— Benjamin Sutton
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