Oscar Nominated 'Restrepo' Director Killed in Libya

Apr 20, 2011
Allan MacDonell is TakePart’s News + Opinion editor, with a focus on social justice.
Hetherington risked his life to bring dangerous truths back to people safe at home. (Photo: Finbarr O&39;Reilly/Reuters)

Tim Hetherington, the British-born news photographer and filmmaker who collaborated with journalist Sebastian Junger on 2010's Academy-Award nominated documentary Restrepo, has been killed in Libya while covering the civil war there.

A fellow photographer, Pulitzer Prize nominated Chris Hondros, is also reported to be killed. Two other reporters were injured. The four had been covering the war from the Libyan town of Misurata, which has seen heavy fighting in recent weeks.

Restrepo followed a year in the lives of a United States Marine platoon deep in the embattled Korengal Valley region of Afghanistan. Embedding with the platoon for months, Hetherington and Junger caputured the troops as they endured boredom, grief, fear and elation on the battlefield. The filmmakers reconnected with the soldiers back at home for some of the movie's most wrenching scenes.

The film was lauded for its unflinching focus in the face of physical danger and emotional upheaval, a brave attitude that Hetherington—and Hondros—evidently carried through in their work to the end.

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