“RESTREPO” | directors, Sebastian Junger & Tim Hetherington
[PREMIERE SCREENING: Thursday, Jan. 21, 9:30 pm — Eccles Theatre, Park City]
Our goal in making Restrepo, a documentary about soldiers at a remote outpost in Afghanistan, was to give viewers the experience of a 90-minute deployment. We had no difficult decisions, per se, but we did have important ones. First and foremost, we decided that our cameras would never leave the soldiers. We would not interview generals or diplomats; we would not return to the United States to talk to the families. We would limit ourselves to what the soldiers had access to and nothing more. Finally our film would have no political agenda or moral viewpoint… it would simply be a starting point for the complex and painful debates that surround any use of military force. This is war, full stop. The rest is up to you.