An Outpost Films Production in association with National Geographic Channel
Premiere: Sundance Film Festival 2010 - opening film.
AWARDS: Nominated: Academy Award Best Feature Documentary, 2011 | Winner: Grand Jury, Sundance Film Festival 2010
Sebastian Junger | Tim Hetherington
John Battsek | Nick Quested
A feature-length documentary that chronicles the deployment of a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley. The movie focuses on a remote 15- man outpost, ‘Restrepo, named after a platoon medic who was killed in action. It was considered one of the most dangerous postings in the US military. This is an entirely experiential film: the cameras never leave the valley: there are no interviews with the generals or diplomats. The only goal is to make viewers feel as if they have just been through a 90-minute deployment. This is war, full stop. The conclusions are up to you.
"This documentary has everything -- fire fights, silence, drag-butt humping up and down mountains, intense camaraderie, crushing boredom, near paralyzing fear, horsing around in the all male environment, anguish, and of course death. All delivered to you right in your face... Gives you the full range of war, the ups and downs and the sideways of war that allow you to assemble the pieces for your own conclusion... See it. You will be wiser. It's a real gem."
"Particularly gritty and urgent...this movie gives you the same edge-of-your seat sense of suspense and awe about what soldiers go through in both Iraq and Afghanistan... "
"You may think you have seen war docs before, but you’ve never quite seen anything like this. This film should be required viewing for anyone with a personal stake in the war in Afghanistan, which is everyone... You will laugh, cry, and sweat bullets, in real time, alongside the young men of the Second Platoon, Battle Company... I still can’t shake its startling, enthralling, and frequently devastating images."
"Blood shed and blood shared are the twin barrels of 'Restrepo', an often electrifying verite trip into combat and the hearts of men." Variety "A well deserved triumph" Christopher Bateman, Variety "...A montage of silent soldiers' faces near the end is simple and moving...powerful and effective and respectful to the troops...and it gives a convincing sense of the immense difficulties of fighting a guerilla war in which you can never be sure whether the villager you're talking to is in league with your enemy."
NEW YORK POST