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Restrepo

December 10, 2010

Rather than listening to reporters and politicians talk about what is happening in Afghanistan, it seems to me that we should all spend some time listening to the men who are actually serving on the front line.  I’m planning to order a copy of Restrepo, Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington’s documentary about “One Platoon, One Valley, One Year”.

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 90-minute deployment. This is war, full stop. The conclusions are up to you.  (restrepothemovie.com)

I had hoped to see it on the big screen but that’s just not going to happen here in Saskatoon (and certainly not at The Broadway Theatre) so I’ll watch it at home.  I’ll think of the soldiers and the war and our country and what I can do.

from The Kitchen Dispatch

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