Thursday, July 08, 2010

A very special showing of Restrepo

Directors Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger spent over a year imbedded with soldiers of the Second Platoon, Battle Company of the 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne), in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley – one of the most dangerous postings in the U.S. military – to make Restrepo, their award-winning, critically acclaimed documentary about the bonding and bravery of men under fire. The film kicks off its Houston theatrical run this weekend at the Angelika Film Center in Downtown H-Town. But if you want to make the most of your moviegoing experience – and, not incidentally, gain an even more complete understanding of events covered by the filmmakers -- make sure you attend the 5:30 pm Friday screening. After the film, Sgt. Misha Pemble-Belkin – one of 15 soldiers followed by Hetherington and Junger in Restrepo – will be on hand for a question-and-answer session with the audience. It’ll be my privilege to serve as host for the Q&A.

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