Named after a US military medic who was killed in action, Restrepo is an army outpost way up in the hills of the Korengal Valley. This feature length documentary, which won the Grand Jury Prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival, takes viewers into the lives of 15 soldiers as reality tv goes on holiday to one of the most dangerous places on earth.
"The war in Afghanistan has become highly politicized, but soldiers rarely take part in that discussion" say the film's directors Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger "Our intention was to capture the experience of combat, boredom and fear through the eyes of the soldiers themselves. Their lives were our lives: we did not sit down with their families, we did not interview Afghans, we did not explore geopolitical debates.
"Soldiers are living and fighting and dying at remote outposts in Afghanistan in conditions that few Americans back home can imagine" they add "Their experiences are important to understand, regardless of one's political beliefs. Beliefs can be a way to avoid looking at reality. This is reality."
The film is being shown at the Sacred Trinity Church on Chapel Street in Salford as part of an 'Ambassadors programme', which helps bring big new films to audiences who normally might not be able to access them. It's backed by the UK Film Council and Dogwoof, a leading distributor of social issue films and documentaries.
The trailer certainly looks good but there's also this tv discussion on the film which has been posted on You Tube. The comments that people have put up about the tv discussion shows the war mentality in the good old US of A… Click here to see it…
Sacred Trinity Church, Chapel Street, Salford
14th October 2010 7pm £5