It is with great sadness I report: Oscar-nominated Restrepo co-director Tim Hetherington was killed in a mortar attack Wednesday in Misrata, Libya while filming a clash between Libyan rebels and Muammar Gaddafi’s forces.
Hetherington was scheduled to discuss Restrepo which he co-directed with Sebastian Junger, on FDL Movie Night May 16, and we were honored that he was willing to take the time to join the FDL family and share with us his experiences in Afghanistan and around the world. That he died doing what he loved is no consolation. Tim was a brave, bold, courageous man whose work gave heft and scope and immediacy to the human tragedies he covered.
Hetherington’s credits include The Devil Came on Horseback, documenting the genocide in Darfur, Liberia: An Uncivil War, and Diary, a short film about Hetherington’s work in combat zones, along with pieces from Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley for ABC News’ Nightline. Restrepo won the 2010 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize Documentary.
We at FDL offer our deep condolences to Tim’s family, friends and colleagues.
[ed. notes: There are now reports that Pulitzer Prize-nominated photographer Chris Hondros was critically injured in the same attack (some say he is in a coma, some say he has died). There is some debate about whether the deadly explosion was caused by a mortar round or a rocket propelled grenade. Our thoughts are with all of those injured in today's attack.]