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Film screening: Restrepo

Friday, April 12, 2019
7:30 p.m., Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, University at Albany Downtown Campus.See map.

Free and open to the public.

Restrepo movie poster

Acclaimed by many critics as one of the best war films ever made, RESTREPO will be shown 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 12, 2019, at Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue on the University at Albany Downtown Campus.

RESTREPO (USA, 2010, 93 minutes, Rated R, color, co-directed by Sebastian Junger, Tim Hetherington) follows a year in the life of a platoon of U.S. soldiers on the front lines in Afghanistan. Nominated for a “Best Documentary” Oscar, the film received the Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

In a review on, Noel Murray writes, "The combat footage Junger and Hetherington got for Restrepo is unlike anything ever seen in a documentary; it’s raw, relentless, and made all the more unsettling because neither the soldiers nor the audience can see who’s doing the shooting."

The movie's title comes from Private First Class Juan "Doc" Restrepo, whose memory is also honored in the company's isolated base camp, OP Restrepo.The co-director of RESTREPO, Tim Hetherington, was killed on April 20, 2011 while covering the conflict in Libya. In response to Hetherington's death, Junger created Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues (RISC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free medical training to freelance journalists in war zones.

Sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute as part of its Classic Film Series, presented with support from Marc Guggenheim, UAlbany Class of ‘92. The screening is free and open to the public.

Interview with Restrepo directors Sebastian Junger, Tim Hetherington, 2010

RESTREPO movie trailer

Sebastian Junger Reflects on Restrepo Soldiers, Associated Press, 2014