Restrepo: A View from the Trenches of Afghanistan

June 28, 2011

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Sebastian Junger

For over a year, Sebastian Junger was embedded with a battle company of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team in the remote and heavily contested Korengal Valley of eastern Afghanistan. He spent weeks at a time at a remote outpost that saw more combat than almost anywhere else in the country. From this outpost, Junger reported on the war from the soldiers’ perspective alongside photojournalist Tim Hetherington, who was recently killed while covering the war in Libya.

Junger documented his experiences in his most recent book, WAR, and the film Restrepo, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary and won the 2010 Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

Please listen in to the continuation of our Chicago and the World Forum series, "Ascent from Chaos? Afghanistan’s Uncertain Future," which will include a screening of Restrepo followed by a discussion with Junger, who will share his experiences reporting from Afghanistan.

Recorded Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies.