The 2011 Oscar-nominated documentary "Restrepo" did a marvelous job capturing the dangers and horrors of war in Afghanistan, thanks to the unspeakably brave efforts of co-directors Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger. Sadly, it appears that war has claimed the lives of one of those filmmakers.
ABC News reports that Hetherington was killed today in Libya. The award-winning photojournalist reportedly died during a mortar attack in Misrata, Libya, and it's been reported that a second photographer, Chris Hondros, was also killed. Three other journalists are believed to have been injured in the attack as well.
The news was first reported on French photographer Andre Liohn's Facebook page. Liohn said that he was in the hospital with both Hetherington and Hondros at the time of their deaths. The original Facebook post is currently unavailable, though numerous reports and condolences continue to pour out on Twitter and other social networking outlets.
Hetherington, who was 41 at the time of his death, tweeted about his current conditions the day before his death: "In besieged Libyan city of Misrata. Indiscriminate shelling by Qaddafi forces. No sign of NATO."
"Tim was one of the bravest photographers and filmmakers I have ever met," said ABC News' James Goldston, who worked with Hetherington on numerous Nightline specials. "During his shooting for the Nightline specials he very seriously broke his leg on a night march out of a very isolated forward operating base that was under attack. He had the strength and character to walk for four hours through the night on his shattered ankle without complaint and under fire, enabling that whole team to reach safety."
"Restrepo" details the year that Hetherington and co-director Junger spent embedded in the 2nd Platoon of Battle Company in Afghanistan, offering viewers a horrifying firsthand account of the brutal conditions of warfare. It's a fantastic documentary that grows tragically more poignant in light of Hetherington's death. Netflix users can currently watch the documentary on instant watch.
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