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The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington: Paying Tribute to a Great Photojournalist



Less than two months after attending the 2011 Academy Awards with his friend and colleague Sebastian Junger, acclaimed photojournalist and filmmaker Tim Hetherington (seen above) died tragically in Misrata, Libya, only minutes away from the hospital.

Over the following year, Junger began a quest to put together Hetherington’s final hours by interviewing friends, family, and anybody who could shed light on his life and what had transpired. Being a filmmaker, it seemed only right that he record these interviews.

The result of those recordings is the HBO Documentary “Which Way is the Front Line From Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington,” a look at Hetherington’s entire life and career, premiering tomorrow at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.

The documentary will serve as Junger’s tribute to his close friend, a way for anybody who has ever seen or been touched by Hetherington’s work to remember this heroic man. But more than that, Junger’s hopes to show people the Hetherington he got to know while working together on their Oscar-nominated documentary Restrepo, a tripple-threat of brilliance, bravery and compassion:

There are lots of brave war reporters who aren’t thinking in particularly complex ways about art. There are lots of brilliant artists who wouldn’t be caught dead getting shot at. There are plenty of brilliant and brave people who are not particularly compassionate. Tim was truly all three and it made for an absolutely extraordinary person.

To learn more about Hetherington or the upcoming documentary, head over to the Sundance Film Festival website or watch this short tribute video put together by the BBC:

(via BBC News)