September 25, 2012

Going Back to War, Trading a Gun for a Pen

By THOMAS JAMES BRENNAN | At War | The documentary filmmakers Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington embedded in Afghanistan with one mission: to document war. The result was the gripping documentary “Restrepo.” For nearly one year, they lived in peril alongside the United States Army. Their project won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010 and was nominated for an Academy Award in 2011.

Besides sharing their passion for reporting on conflict, they shared the fact that neither was a veteran.

Civilians have been writing on military affairs for generations, and many have done a superb job. But the question exists, particularly within military circles: Do veterans have an edge over nonveterans when it comes to covering war? (READ MORE)

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