Hetherington, Tim and Junger, Sebastian: Director Profiles

Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger are the directors of "Restrepo," the new war doc which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance this past January. The film, which surrounds the Afghan-American war, is being released by National Geographic Entertainment on July 2, 2010.

Tim Hetherington is a photographer and filmmaker who has reported on conflict for over ten years. He was the only photographer to live behind rebel lines during the recent Liberian civil war – work that culminated in the film Liberia: an Uncivil War and the book “Long Story Bit by Bit: Liberia Retold” (Umbrage 2009). Hetherington is the recipient of four World Press Photo prizes, including World Press Photo of the Year (2008) and an Alfred I. duPont Broadcast Award (2009) for his work in Afghanistan. A native of the UK, he is based in New York and is a contributing photographer for Vanity Fair Magazine. Hetherington's forthcoming book about the soldiers will be published in October by Chris Boot Ltd. More information on Hetherington can be found at: www.timhetherington.com.


New York-based writer and journalist Sebastian Junger is the bestselling author of “The Perfect Storm,” “Fire” and “A Death in Belmont.” He first reported from Afghanistan in 1996 and, four years later, was one of the last Westerners to accompany legendary guerrilla fighter Ahmed Shah Massoud (while reporting for National Geographic) during his war against the Taliban. Junger has reported for Vanity Fair Magazine, where he is a contributing editor, from many war zones across the world: he was trapped in Monrovia during the Liberian civil war in 2003, caught in Sierra Leone during the civil war of 2000, and very briefly held by “oil rebels” in the Niger Delta in 2006. His October, 1999 article in Vanity Fair, “The Forensics of War,” won a National Magazine Award for Reporting. He has also won an Alfred I. duPont Broadcast Award for his cinematography while embedded with American soldiers for ABC News. Junger’s recently released book, “WAR,” is about his time in the Korengal Valley with Second Platoon.