23 June 2010


Directed by: Tim Hetherington & Sebastian Junger
Full credits at IMDb

The moment of battle demands of the soldier a simplified moral outlook, an us-vs.-them narrative that denies the enemy his humanity. But that doesn't mean a wannabe-visceral documentary about an American platoon stationed in The Most Dangerous Region Of Afghanistan needs to celebrate that regrettably necessary worldview. Directed by a pair of Vanity Fair contributors, Restrepo offers a soldier's-eye view of the quagmire in Korengal, a portrait of fraternity whose production notes brag, "we did not interview Afghans, we did not explore geopolitical debates". This, of course, was to avoid Politicization—but why should willful ignorance be a source of pride? Since when is "context" synonymous with "subjectivity"?

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