Ethics and War: Restrepo (film)

Wed February 22nd 2012, 7:00pm
Event Sponsor
McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society, Creative Writing Program
Cemex Auditorium, Zambrano Hall
Knight Management Center
Stanford, CA 94305, USA
Ethics and War: Restrepo (film)

"Restrepo" is 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 U.S. military. This is an entirely experiential film: the cameras never leave the valley; there are no interviews with generals or diplomats. The only goal is to make viewers feel as if they have just been through a 90-minute deployment. The film was creaetd by Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington, both of whom were embedded with battle company of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, in the remote and heavily contested Korengal valley of eastern Afghanistan. Reporting on the war from the soldiers’ perspective, they spent weeks at a time at a remote outpost that saw more combat than almost anywhere else in the entire country. Following the screening, Junger will be in conversation with Kristine Samuelson (Art and Art History).On February 21, Junger is in conversation with Tobias Wolff (English).