Which Way is the Front Line from Here?

Credits

Director: Sebastian Junger. Producers: Nick Quested, Gretchen McGowan and James Brabazon. Editors: Geeta Gandbhir and Maya Mumma.

Websites

http://www.hbo.com/documentaries/which-way-is-the-frontline-from-here-the-life-and-times-of-tim-heatherington.html
https://www.facebook.com/HetheringtonDoc

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Awards and Festivals

2014 Emmy Nominee, Sundance (Documentary Premiere), Cinema Eye Awards (Nominee)

Synopsis

Photojournalist and filmmaker Tim Hetherington was always searching for the humanity within wartime conflict, as evidenced in his award-winning body of work. When he and Sebastian Junger spent a year filming a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan in their Academy Award–nominated and Sundance Grand Jury prizewinning film Restrepo, they weren’t simply looking for action; instead, they chose to focus on the many small moments that make war real. Hetherington’s footage of time he spent with the rebel army during Liberia’s civil war and in Libya prior to his untimely death from a mortar blast in 2011 conveys a rare sense of intimacy in sharp contrast to the violence surrounding him. Although he spent most of his time traveling to the epicenter of war zones, he was seeking the truth, rather than adventure. That is Hetherington’s enduring gift.

Director Sebastian Junger gracefully weaves together footage of Hetherington at work and moving interviews with his family, friends, and colleagues to capture his compatriot and friend’s unique perspective, compassion, and intense curiosity about the human spirit.

Reviews

“The resonant score by Joel Goodman smartly resists sentiment.”
– Alissa Simon, VARIETY

“…superbly scored…”
– David Rooney, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

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