This past weekend I had the pleasure of going to see the movie Korengal, directed by Sebastian Junger.  The film is based on the same experiences and footage that Sebastian and Tim Hetherington captured in the film Restrepo, which first aired in 2010.  Sebastian and Tim endured approximately one year embedded as journalists with Second Platoon, B Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team of the U.S. Army in the Korengal Valley.

The primary difference between this film and Restrepo is that this film focused primarily on the emotional and psychological aspect of what these soldiers faced during their 15-month deployment to Afghanistan and how they felt about their upcoming return to America.  The film is full of very poignant story lines, including the interesting description of how a ‘hearts and minds’ strategy may be implemented in situations like this platoon encountered.

At the end of the film I was lucky enough to chat with Sebastian and listen to a brief Q&A.

Korengal with Derek Herrera and Sebastian Junger in Santa Monica