Documentary Filmmaker Tim Hetherington Killed in Libya

Tim Hetherington, the director of last year’s Academy Award Nominated and Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winning war documentary Restrepo has been killed alongside photographer Chris Hondros while filming in Libya. Three other journalists were said to have been injured in the same mortar attack, but details are still sketchy. Hetherington’s last Twitter update eerily points to the danger that he and the other journalists were facing, and also seemingly criticizes international forces for their lack of involvement in the current uprising: “In besieged Libyan city of Misrata. Indiscriminate shelling by Qaddafi forces. No sign of NATO.”

Hetherington’s film Restrepo was a documentary about a hotly contested military outpost that was set in one of the most dangerous valleys in Afghanistan. It gained notoriety not only for its craftsmanship, but also for the way it took the viewer inside of deadly war situations, like maybe no other footage before it had. In addition to that film, Hetherington also did several pieces on Afghanistan for ABC’s Nightline. The executive producer of Nightline, James Goldston, is quoted as saying, “Tim was one of the bravest photographers and filmmakers I have ever met.”

Source: ABC News

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