6:30 PM ET
Restrepo is one of the most acclaimed documentary films of the year, helping to bring a human face to the war in Afghanistan. Superbly directed by journalist Sebastian Junger (A Perfect Storm) and photographer Tim Hetherington (Liberia: An Uncivil War), the film received the 2010 Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and is nominated for an Academy Award. Restrepo chronicles the deployment of an Army platoon in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley, then one of the most dangerous postings in the world. The documentary follows the lives of the soldiers in the remote fifteen-man outpost Restrepo, named after a platoon medic killed in action in the valley. The focus remains solely on the soldiers and their daily experiences, providing a piecing account of the often surreal realities of war. Following the screening, the panelists will discuss what has happened to the platoon after the filming.
Cosponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations
Tim Hetherington, Director, Restrepo; Author, Infidel; Journalist
Bing West, Author, The Wrong War: Grit, Strategy and the Way Out of Afghanistan; Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs; Journalist
Moderator: Gideon Rose, Peter G. Peterson Chair and Editor, Foreign Affairs