Oscar-Nominated 'Restrepo' Director Tim Hetherington Killed in Libya

More

Tim Hetherington, who co-directed the Oscar-nominated documentary Restrepo, was killed in Libya Wednesday, the New York Times reports. At least three other journalists were wounded by the blast, which is believed to have been caused by a mortar round in the city of Misurata:

Misurata, Libya's third largest city, has been cut off by land from the rest of Libya by military forces loyal to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi. It has been the scene of intensive, close-quarters fighting for weeks. Hundreds of Libyans have been confirmed killed.

The photographers had reached the city's port on a sea voyage from Benghazi, the rebel capital. The early reports said they had been working together near the front lines when they were struck by a rocket-propelled grenade.

Read the full story at The New York Times.

Directed by Hetherington, who is also an award-winning conflict photographer and producer for ABC's Nightline, and Sebastian Junger, Restrepo followed a year in the lives of a platoon of American soldiers in one of the deadliest areas of Afghanistan. Though it lost the Oscar last year to Inside Job, the film earned rave reviews, won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, and is one of the rare documentaries to gross more than $1 million at the box office.

Here is the trailer:



This is Hetherington's ominous last tweet, which was sent out sometime yesterday:

Hetherington_post.jpg


The Atlantic's Jim Fallows has two suggestions for those who wish to honor Hetherington.

Jump to comments
Presented by

Kevin Fallon is a reporter for the Daily Beast. He's a former entertainment editor at TheWeek.com and former writer and producer for The Atlantic's entertainment channel.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

'Stop Telling Women to Smile'

An artist's campaign to end sexual harassment on the streets of NYC.


Elsewhere on the web

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Where Time Comes From

The clocks that coordinate your cellphone, GPS, and more

Video

Computer Vision Syndrome and You

Save your eyes. Take breaks.

Video

What Happens in 60 Seconds

Quantifying human activity around the world

Writers

Up
Down

More in Entertainment

Just In