30 Days of Film: Bel's day 22

| by Bel | 4.10pm NZ time |

Favourite documentary

Hmm, too tricky.
How about 'most recently viewed documentary'?

Restrepo was filmed over the course of a year in Afghanistan by embedded journalists, Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger. It was nominated for an Oscar and, sadly, gained more attention when Hetherington was killed in Libya earlier this year.

The combination of gut-wrenching hand-held footage from the war zone and follow up interviews with the harrowed soldiers filmed in extreme close up makes for a very powerful film.

The futility and absurdity of America's war on terror is hammered home by seeing the devastating personal impacts (and deaths) felt by not just the soldiers, but also the locals of the Korengal Valley.

This documentary is brilliantly made, but I would warn it is a gruelling watch. (I bawled.)