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USA: National Geographic Entertainment
UK: Dogwoof Pictures
Directors: Tim Hetherington, Sebastian Junger
USA & UK: 93 mins
USA Rated: R for language throughout including some descriptions of violence
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong language
USA Release Date: 25 June 2010 (Limited Release - New York and Los Angeles)
UK Release Date: 8 October 2010 (Limited Release)
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.
This is war, full stop. The conclusions are up to you.