Filmmaker Sebastian Junger is to pay tribute to his late friend and collaborator Tim Hetherington at a special charity screening of Restrepo, the Oscar-nominated documentary the duo (pictured above) made together, organized by National Geographic, realscreen and Hot Docs.
Junger will attend the screening, which takes place during Hot Docs at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto on May 7 at 3 p.m. EST, and will take part in a Q&A afterwards, hosted by realscreen.
Proceeds from the screening will be donated to a charitable organization chosen by the Hetherington family, to honor the late filmmaker’s life and work.
In a statement, Junger said: “Tim devoted his life to documenting the human cost of war, and he has now become part of that cost. As his colleague and close friend, I know that Tim’s paramount concern was civilian suffering during war, and he would want us to do everything in our power to alleviate that suffering.
“The world lost a very great man, but I know that Tim’s work will continue to bring us insight and understanding for decades to come. He will be deeply missed.”
Hot Docs executive director Chris McDonald added: “Hot Docs is honored to host this special screening of Restrepo. Tim’s untimely death is a tragic loss, and I’m sure our audience and documentary colleagues will join with us in paying tribute to his remarkable life and work.”
The news comes after Hetherington was last week killed in Libya, aged 40, while covering the ongoing conflict between Muammar Gaddafi’s forces and Libyan rebels. The conflict also claimed the life of fellow photojournalist Chris Hondros.
Hetherington was highly praised as both a photographer and a filmmaker, having won the 2007 World Press Photo Award for his pictures of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan; and sharing the 2010 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for Restrepo with co-director Junger.
His passing has sent shockwaves through the documentary and journalism industries. Lisa Truitt, president of National Geographic Cinema Ventures, said: “Tim was a very special and talented man, and we will always be inspired by his vision and passion.
“He was willing to take incredible risks to show us a true and unbiased picture of our world, and for that dedication he paid the ultimate price. Our hearts go out to his family and friends.”
realscreen editor Barry Walsh added: “The tragic passing of Tim Hetherington has seen the documentary and journalism communities lose someone who obviously had so much to offer through his sense of commitment and his pursuit of the real story.
“The team at realscreen is honored to be uniting with National Geographic and Hot Docs to support this worthy cause and pay tribute to a filmmaker and photojournalist who will be sorely missed by all who knew and worked with him.”
Tickets for the screening are limited, and are on sale now, priced at CAD$20, via http://www.hotdocs.ca/film/title/restrepo, by phone at (+1) 416-637-5150, or in person at the Hot Docs documentary box office at 131 Bloor Street West, Toronto. Additional charity donations can be made onsite at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.