RESTREPO is a feature-length documentary that chronicles the deployment of a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley. The movie focuses on a remote 15-man outpost, "Restrepo," named after a platoon medic who was killed in action. It was considered one of the most dangerous postings in the U.S. military. This is an entirely experiential film: the cameras never leave the valley; there are no interviews with generals or diplomats. The only goal is to make viewers feel as if they have just been through a 90-minute deployment. This is war, full stop. The conclusions are up to you.
Won: Grand Jury Prize - Documentary, 2010 Sundance Film Festival; Best Motion Picture - Documentary, 2010 Satellite Awards
Nominated: Best Documentary - Features, 2011 Academy Awards
A riveting, you-are-there, deployment to a godforsaken place where United States troops are pinned down by enemy fire almost every day. -- Andrew O'Hehir, SALON.COM