RESTREPO director Tim Hetherington killed in Libya

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
April 20th, 2011

UPDATE: Hetherington had shot a short film prior to his death, entitled DIARY, and now, it's available to watch online.  Hat tip to BoingBoing for digging up this, Hetherington's final film.  You can see it there, and I've included a Q/A with Hetherington where he discusses the film.  RIP.

Note: Reports regarding the overall situation here are still rolling in out of Libya.  We will be updating with any new developments.

The film world is at a loss for words, as today, it’s lost one of its true talents.

Oscar nominated co-director of last year’s wonderful and moving documentary RESTREPO, Tim Hetherington, has been killed, along with photographer Chris Hondros, covering the raging conflict in Libya.

Fellow photographer Andre Liohn posted the news on his Facebook page, saying that “sad news Tim Hetherington died in Misrata now when covering the front line. Chris Hondros is in a serious status.  Michel Brown and Guy are wounded but fine.” Only minutes later, Liohn would reveal that Hondros had also died. The situation, according to Hetherington's final tweet, was not a good one, saying that “In besieged Libyan city of Misrata. Indiscriminate shelling by Qaddafi forces. No sign of NATO.”

He and director Sebastian Junger were nominated for Best Documentary last year at the Academy Awards for their film, RESTREPO, and he was also the cinematographer for the great THE DEVIL CAME ON HORSEBACK.

Say what you will about RESTREPO or the film’s quality, there is no getting around the fact that Hetherington was one half of a seemingly visionary duo of documentarians.  He didn’t have the deepest of canons, but he put himself in the front lines time after time, and for the reason of enlightening all of us around the world as to conflicts that we otherwise wouldn’t have an insight into.  He was a real artist, and the film world has lost a true talent. A truly devastating loss. He will be missed.

Source Business Insider

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