Searching for Answers in Afghanistan
A free screening of RESTREPO is being presented by The Journalism and Media Arts Depts., Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus. RESTREPO is this year’s winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize for Documentaries. The film captures the gritty, jarring reality of day-to-day warfare of a small group of U.S. soldiers stationed at a remote outpost in Afghanistan’s Korangal Valley, once described by CNN as “the most dangerous place in the world.”
Directed by Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington, the film presents raw, unfiltered footage chronicling the soldiers’ lives as they experience combat life, including deadly battles and the intense camaraderie between the men.
The film will be followed by a panel discussion titled: “Searching for Answers in Afghanistan”
When the fog of war finally lifts, what will be revealed? Wikileaks gave us a glimpse by printing war logs by soldiers in the heat of engagement, exposing a brutally messy, confused snapshot in contrast to the sanitized “public” war portrayed by official sources and controlled embedded reporting. But have the leaks done more harm than good?
Panelists include :
Mark Mazzetti, Correspondent, The New York Times
Noah Shachtman, Contributing Editor, Wired
Eric Bates, Executive Editor, Rolling Stone
Sebastian Junger, author, War; The Perfect Storm; Co-Director, Restrepo
Moderator: Amy Davidson, Senior Editor, The New Yorker
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