RESTREPO, the 2010 Oscar-nominated documentary about the 2nd Platoon, Battle Company, in Korengal Valley, Afghanistan, was co-directed by Sebastian Junger (author of THE PERFECT STORM) and Tim Hetherington. Hetherington was a British photojournalist who won the 2007 World Press Photo competition with a photo of an American soldier in Korengal Valley, Afghanistan, which was featured in Vanity Fair. While on assignment for VF, Hetherington and Junger made their hard hitting documentary RESTREPO. It's available now on Instant Netflix and I urge you to see it as soon as you can. It's an amazing film.
Tim Hetherington was killed in a mortar attack in Misrata, Libya today. He was 41. Misrata is under siege by pro-Moammar Gadhafi forces there fighting the rebels, and Hetherington was covering it with fellow journalists Chris Hondros, Michael Christopher Brown, and Guy Martin who were also gravely injured.
We here at AICN send our condolences, thoughts and prayers to Hetherington's family and friends, as well as the other journalists injured in Misrata. We hope and pray for their safe recovery. If you haven't seen RESTREPO yet, honor this man's memory and seek it out.