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UPDATED: See His Final Short Film "Diary" - Tim Hetherington, Co-Director Of RESTREPO, Killed In Mortar Attack

Nordling here.

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.

Diary (2010) from Tim Hetherington on Vimeo.

Nordling, out.

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  • April 20, 2011, 3:58 p.m. CST


    by Sleeperkid

    That blows...

  • April 20, 2011, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Sad news, Restrepo was an amazing documentary.

    by _Venkman

  • April 20, 2011, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Sleeperkid....YOU GOT FIRST!!!!!

    by DangerDave

    Now die in a fire you useless ass.

  • April 20, 2011, 4:02 p.m. CST

    I remember him from a Q&A for Restrepo

    by sadclown

    The harrowing shit these guys put themselves (and their families) through, it's amazing they stick with it. He seemed like a fine human being, such a terrible waste.

  • Also shown on Nat Geo. It's a more emotionally gripping view of Afghanistan. A cameraman and soldier were killed during filming.

  • April 20, 2011, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Horrible... He was a talent.

    by Andrew Coleman

    God bless him.

  • April 20, 2011, 4:16 p.m. CST

    When you play with the get the horns.

    by cookylamoo

  • April 20, 2011, 4:18 p.m. CST

    it is sad. but they know the risks.


    granted, no photojournalist or the like PLAN on being killed while shooting in hostile environments, but it comes with the territory. in life we have the choice to try to make a difference (even passively, through film) and be on the front lines...but many of us just choose to sit and watch movies like RESTREPO and play realistic war video games....and do nothing to change the world. who lives longer? who lives better?

  • April 20, 2011, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Wow Rip

    by donkingkong

    I just netflixed RESTREPO the other night great movie. So sad condolences.

  • April 20, 2011, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Rest in peace, Tim Hetherington.


  • April 20, 2011, 4:22 p.m. CST

    My son's tour of duty

    by shran

    in Afghanistan ended recently. I never tried to force anything out of him. If he wanted to talk about it, he talked. But for the most part he was tight lipped. He wasn't injured but he did see a lot of action. I know that my own son saw and did things that I could never imagine as I was never in the service. He showed me his kevlar and helmet that had been grazed by enemy fire and mortar shrapnel. It scared the hell out of me that he had come truly within inches of not coming home. I know that he has had to take another man's life in the call of duty and I know that it will be with him for the rest of his life. I just wanted to understand a little bit about what he had to go through. And then I saw Restrepo. My son was in similar situations as the soldiers in that film. I now am so very thankful that he is not going back and that more than likely he will end his career stateside or in Europe.

  • April 20, 2011, 4:25 p.m. CST

    "he died doing what he loved"

    by KonkBob


  • April 20, 2011, 4:30 p.m. CST

    has anyone seen that drama about the true story of

    by emeraldboy

    the british photographer Tom Hurndall, I think was his name and he was shot and killed by the israeli govt whilst working in either the west bank or the gaza strip. the israeli govt refused to condemn his murder, never even sent his parents a letter of condolence and stone walled all attempts to have an inquiry into the events surrounding his death. his parents pushed and pushed for some kind of justice to bring the israeli soldiers who shot and killed thier son to justice and I think their campaign is still on going...

  • April 20, 2011, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Respect for everyone who goes to these places (Press & Military)


    They have bigger balls than me ... RIP.

  • April 20, 2011, 4:43 p.m. CST

    Sad News. I've been meaning to watch Restrepo.

    by RobertoInfiniteTHEMoonLander

    Now I will for sure.

  • April 20, 2011, 4:44 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Ever since I was old enough to remember news stories, I remember conflict in the Middle East. I send my best wishes to those outsiders who are covering this 'story' to come home safely, and my condolences are with those who do not.

  • April 20, 2011, 4:44 p.m. CST


    by RobertoInfiniteTHEMoonLander

    It only took me two seconds to find out that you're wrong about every fact of that story. How long did it take you to type out that post?

  • April 20, 2011, 4:55 p.m. CST

    INSIDE THE GREEN BERETS was very good as well

    by _Venkman

    Different kind of setting within the war though

  • April 20, 2011, 5:02 p.m. CST

    ...wars on TV as long as i've been growing up...


    hell, i even remember on Mr. Roger's Neighborhood the townsfolk in King Friday's Kingdom intercepted some odd packages that were meant to go to the town of Westwood...they suspected Westwood must be making bombs with the parts, and they almost went to war. Turns out, Westwood was just trying to build a bridge between the two towns....but by that point, there was already so much puppet blood on everyone's hands....

  • April 20, 2011, 5:30 p.m. CST

    Just heard about it on the radio

    by Turingtestee

    on my way home from work.

  • April 20, 2011, 5:32 p.m. CST


    by GroolDemon

    I know it is a possibility that comes with the territory, but that is just awful to hear.

  • April 20, 2011, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Can't wait until robots are advanced enough to do this

    by MooseMalloy

  • April 20, 2011, 6:14 p.m. CST

    This is truly awful, and sad...

    by WriteForTheEdit

    As General Norman Schwarzkopf said, war is an atrocity.

  • April 20, 2011, 6:15 p.m. CST


    by Son of a Butch

    Really, how hard is it to at least do a quick search on wikipedia before posting? You had the name right, it took me all of five seconds to find out what the story was really about. Hurndall was killed by an Israeli sniper who was then sentenced to eight years in prison. Hardly a case of the "Israeli govt" killing the guy and refusing enquiry.

  • April 20, 2011, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Any... you know... Soldiers die in the attack?

    by Lucky13

    You know, the ones who are being sent there to fight for a cause (right or wrong). As opposed to the 'filmmakers' who are there trying to make a career off of the death and destruction of others. Just sayin'.

  • April 20, 2011, 6:39 p.m. CST



    Western nations don't have boots on the ground in Libya. The only "soldiers" getting killed are pro-Qadhafi loyalists and members of the opposition.

  • April 20, 2011, 6:52 p.m. CST


    by Lucky13

    You're right... I didn't read enough to see that this docu was on the war in Libya. Saw all the comments about Restrepo, and kinda flew by the part about Libya. Point still stands though... Whenever I hear about in-war docs, I think of the Francis Ford Coppola cameo in Apocalypse Now. Call me a cynic... I just doubt their intentions are quite as honorable as they'd like us to believe.

  • April 20, 2011, 7:08 p.m. CST


    by Happyfat73

    While I understand the source of your cynicism about war correspondents, I feel it is misplaced. </p> </p> It's a pretty important job those guys do, documenting what happens in war. The thing is, the major news networks are completely compromised when it comes to documenting what actually happens - they need to toe the official line, lest their official access gets revoked.</p> </p> Independent filmmakers, like Hetherington, aren't hamstrung by the political imperatives of the network correspondents. I think, if these guys were in it just for the money, they'd choose something a bit less life-threatening – most war correspondents really believe in the importance of what they're doing.

  • April 20, 2011, 9:12 p.m. CST

    Lucky, it's perfectly okay to question things but..

    by Mel Garga

    you're way off on this one. If you like the filtered news of NBC, ABC, etc. keep watching. If you really want to know what's happening without physically dragging yourself away from your couch then go watch Restrepo and try to recognize the immense value of this type of reporting. They're hardly charlatans like dipshit Morgan Spurlock. My old man and I saw this in the theater. We were about the only ones there. It was the perfect way to see this film. I honor their work.

  • April 20, 2011, 9:32 p.m. CST


    by antonphd

    you think someone says to themselves... hey, i know how to get rich and famous! i'll go into a war zone and film. seriously? i am friends with a photographer who's famous for the his photographs of the the fires in Yellowstone park a number of years ago. one of Time magazine's top 100 photographs of the 20th century if I remember right. He lived in Montana and when he heard about the fires he raced out with his camera to get the pictures. HE was risking his life for fame and fortune. but here's the difference. it was just a single moment of time. he went to the fire. took pictures. but he didn't stick around. he got the FUCK OUT OF THERE. the asshole news anchors who fly in to war zones and report are working for ratings. the guys who go out into the shit and risk their lives for days aren't there for fame and fortune. that idea goes out the window after you see a few bodies blow to pieces and realize that you might be the next body. no, you stay because you believe you are doing something greater than yourself by documenting the war. you're doing it for the future of humanity. so we have some record of the reality and not just the history we decide to write for ourselves. i would NEVER have the balls to risk my life to film war. anyone who does has my respect or at least the benefit of the doubt.

  • April 21, 2011, 12:41 a.m. CST

    I appreciate the respectful (for the most part) responses...

    by Lucky13

    For the record, I never said that war docu's are not informative, or that I prefer info from network news. I never commented on the quality or truthfulness of any given documentary. In my life experience, there aren't many people I've encountered that were willing to risk their own life for the sake of getting information 'out there' alone. Most of these people are driven by greed and to further their own ideals, just like anyone else. When you play that vimeo embed in this article, there's a bit of text against a black screen. What's the very first word? "I". Within the first 5 minutes, there's a shot of the dude filming himself change the lens, etc, etc... Look, I know I'm a cynical douche bag... But when you assume the worst in people, 9 times out of ten, you're right.

  • April 21, 2011, 12:45 a.m. CST


    by Lucky13

    I should have kept my mouth shut, since the poor guy just died. Not cool on my part to jump in this forum to vent about such things. I'm usually much more respectful of serious, real life matters such as this. Forget I said anything... this TB should be for celebrating his accomplishments, not what I was doing.

  • April 21, 2011, 8:30 p.m. CST

    === good shopping web

    by sghjk


  • April 22, 2011, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Damn, he was an amazing documentarian.

    by Playkins

  • April 23, 2011, 7:43 p.m. CST

    God Bless...

    by Kirk

    And God Bless the Brave men and women that have given their lives to protect the greatest nation in the world.