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Which Way Is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Times of Tim Hetherington (2013)

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On April 20, 2011, shortly after the release of his documentary RESTREPO - and only six weeks after attending the Oscar ceremony as a nominee - photographer and filmmaker Tim Hetherington was killed by mortar fire in the city of Misrata, Libya, where he'd been covering the civil war. He bled out in the back of a pick-up truck while being raced to the hospital, comforted by a Spanish photojournalist who was holding his hand and trying to keep him awake. Those moments ended a brilliant ten-year career in which Hetherington not only covered such dramatic frontline stories as Liberia and Afghanistan, but also transcended the conventional boundaries of image-making to become one of the most important journalists of his generation. (c) Official FB

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There is plenty of footage of Hetherington. So much, you wonder if he wanted to leave a part of himself behind should the worst come to the worst.

October 8, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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Sebastian Junger, who worked with Hetherington on the celebrated doc Restrepo, paints a biographical profile that often speaks eloquently to the unique nature both of his late friend and of war itself.

June 21, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Junger ... brings intimacy and personal insight to his film but doesn't give into the temptation to make it a eulogy.

June 20, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The film is more powerful and haunting thanks to the ample footage incorporated of Hetherington himself, a cheerful soul even when faced with evidence of unimaginable cruelty, such as photographing those blinded during the war in Liberia.

April 15, 2013 | Full Review…
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It's easy to see how inspiring he could be as an artist, and how tragically addictive the insanity of combat becomes when the engagement and desire to understand run that deep.

April 12, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

His desire to understand conflict, his gnawing away at the question of what young men get out of violence, sets our own brain whirring.

October 11, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Which Way Is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Times of Tim Hetherington

"Which Way is the Front Line from Here?" is a heartbreaking documentary about the life and work of photojournalist Tim Hetherington who was killed covering the recent civil war in Libya. His story is told not only by those who knew him, but mostly in his own words and pictures. The film's highlights come from Hetherington's covering of the fighting in Liberia which not only establishes the pattern of his work but also shines a light on a human rights tragedy. By comparison, the material concerning the documentary "Restrepo" he made with Sebastian Junger(who also directs "Which Way is the Front Line from Here?") lacks the same impact, mostly due to its familiarity and because some of it feels like basic behind the scenes footage on the surface. To his credit, Junger also uses that as a springboard to explore more general themes of the unpredictability of war and camaraderie which is expressed perfectly in an unforgettable quote about soldiers having to watch their friends die. Another way of looking at it is that none of us wants to be alone while there is always the danger of peer pressure.

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