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Restrepo director killed in Libya mortar attack

04.20.2011by:

Sad news today as global news collides with the world of entertainment. Co-director of the Oscar nominated war documentary RESTREPO, Tim Hetherington (pictured right)  has been killed today in Libya.

Confirmed reports are now coming in that he was killed in a mortar attack when he was there to document the historic war, as he did in Afghanistan for his previous film. His last tweet:

In besieged Libyan city of Misrata. Indiscriminate shelling by Qaddafi forces. No sign of NATO.

Critically wounded and possibly dead in the same attack is photojournalist Chris Hondros, but those reports aren't yet confirmed.

A tragic loss, and a reminder that the life of a documentarian is incredibly dangerous, and people like Hetherington risk their lives to get us stories we wouldn't otherwise see.

Check out the trailer from RESTREPO below.

Extra Tidbit: Thoughts on the film from those who have seen it?
Source: ABC News

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1:39PM on 04/21/2011

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WTF are you doing in Libya with all that fighting going on in the first place you stupid ass?! What get's me is how people are surprised the guy is dead? What do you expect!
WTF are you doing in Libya with all that fighting going on in the first place you stupid ass?! What get's me is how people are surprised the guy is dead? What do you expect!
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10:02PM on 04/20/2011
I am sad to hear this! He was brave, and "Restrepo" was a masterpiece.
I am sad to hear this! He was brave, and "Restrepo" was a masterpiece.
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8:42PM on 04/20/2011
He died doing what he loved but fuck me this is sad news. I have a lot of respect for people who put their life on the line just to document this stuff so that future generations can get an idea of what it was like. May he rest in peace.

I actually put Restrepo at the top of my Netflix but haven't got it yet. I'll check it out soon.
He died doing what he loved but fuck me this is sad news. I have a lot of respect for people who put their life on the line just to document this stuff so that future generations can get an idea of what it was like. May he rest in peace.

I actually put Restrepo at the top of my Netflix but haven't got it yet. I'll check it out soon.
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6:28PM on 04/20/2011
I saw Restrepo recently and I loved it. This news really saddens me, at least his movie is easily available through Netflix, so more people can see its power.
I saw Restrepo recently and I loved it. This news really saddens me, at least his movie is easily available through Netflix, so more people can see its power.
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3:56PM on 04/20/2011
Restrepo was fantastic. i was shocked it didnt take the oscar honestly. It was done beautifully indeed. Sad to hear he died.
Restrepo was fantastic. i was shocked it didnt take the oscar honestly. It was done beautifully indeed. Sad to hear he died.
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3:11PM on 04/20/2011
Restrepo was powerful. Sad news indeed. Soloist touched upon he was doing something he loved. Really puts things in perspective that few of us work and live to our full potential. Rest in Peace.
Restrepo was powerful. Sad news indeed. Soloist touched upon he was doing something he loved. Really puts things in perspective that few of us work and live to our full potential. Rest in Peace.
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3:10PM on 04/20/2011

RIP

Restrepo is a beautiful movie. Brutal, uncompromising, honest, and visually stunning. Arguably the finest war movie, fact or fiction, ever made.

The world is short one of the great real storytellers.

The people of Misrata are facing hell right now. Surrounded, cut off, and being relentlessly bombarded by a terrorist lunatic. Tim died telling their story. Like Restrepo, he willingly jumped into the hottest fires of a terrible war.
Suck my balls Gadhafi...
Restrepo is a beautiful movie. Brutal, uncompromising, honest, and visually stunning. Arguably the finest war movie, fact or fiction, ever made.

The world is short one of the great real storytellers.

The people of Misrata are facing hell right now. Surrounded, cut off, and being relentlessly bombarded by a terrorist lunatic. Tim died telling their story. Like Restrepo, he willingly jumped into the hottest fires of a terrible war.
Suck my balls Gadhafi...
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3:08PM on 04/20/2011

R.I.P.

I'm giving this the green rating not because he died, but because I respect him immensely. Being an aspiring film maker from a military family, Restrepo really hit me hard. I respect the man, I respect his work, and I respect the troops. I give this the green because I want him to go out on a good note. Godspeed friend.
I'm giving this the green rating not because he died, but because I respect him immensely. Being an aspiring film maker from a military family, Restrepo really hit me hard. I respect the man, I respect his work, and I respect the troops. I give this the green because I want him to go out on a good note. Godspeed friend.
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3:05PM on 04/20/2011

Damn...

I haven't seen Restrepo yet, but it sounded like one of the tougher documentaries to come out last year. I don't know if this is called doing something that Hetherington loved, but it is a reminder of how dangerous it is for people in the field. And it's people like him, who are willing to put themselves out on the front lines for a story, that I have the most respect for. I won't say he didn't know what he was doing, but he did it anyway, and maybe some version of this can still be fashioned
I haven't seen Restrepo yet, but it sounded like one of the tougher documentaries to come out last year. I don't know if this is called doing something that Hetherington loved, but it is a reminder of how dangerous it is for people in the field. And it's people like him, who are willing to put themselves out on the front lines for a story, that I have the most respect for. I won't say he didn't know what he was doing, but he did it anyway, and maybe some version of this can still be fashioned into an examination of the war there.
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2:51PM on 04/20/2011

That's fucked up!!!

I saw this guy on CNN talking about the intricacies of making Restrepo and he knew what he was talking about. Rest in Peace.
I saw this guy on CNN talking about the intricacies of making Restrepo and he knew what he was talking about. Rest in Peace.
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2:41PM on 04/20/2011
Sad news.

At least he went out doing something that he loved.
Sad news.

At least he went out doing something that he loved.
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