Sebastian Junger: The filmmaker talks Afghanistan, building trust with soldiers and why he’s done covering war

by Peter D. Marshall

by Ethan Rocke.   


In the early ’90s, Sebastian Junger was an aspiring fiction writer, living in Cape Cod and waiting tables to pay the bills. Then he decided to “actually do something real”: report on the war in Bosnia. It was, he says, “an accelerated journalism-school experience.” Junger, 52, has gone on to become one of the foremost American writers on the topic of war, particularly when it comes to conveying the experiences of U.S. combat veterans.

For his newest film, Junger delved even deeper. In 2007, Junger and photojournalist Tim Hetherington embedded with an American platoon in one of the most remote and dangerous regions of Afghanistan. Over the course of the company’s 15-month tour in the Korengal Valley, they documented the soldiers’ lives. Their 2010 documentary Restrepo, which was nominated for an Oscar, was the first product of those trips, and now Junger has produced Korengal, an intimate look into the psyche of these American infantrymen during and after their harrowing tour of duty. (See a review of Korengal here.)

Junger sat down with WW to discuss his new film, Hetherington’s death, the so-called military-civilian divide, and why he misses war but will never go back.

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