DVD Review: Which Way Is The Front Line From Here?
On April 20, 2011, shortly after the release of his documentary Restrepo – and only six weeks after attending the Oscar ceremony as a nominee – photographer and filmmaker Tim Hetherington was killed by mortar fire in the city of Misrata, Libya, where he’d been covering the civil war. He bled out in the back of a pick-up truck while being raced to the hospital. Restrepo collaborator Sebastian Junger pieces together his all to short life in Which Way Is The Front Line From Here?
Using a combination of ‘talking heads’ interviews with friends and family, along with archival footage and interviews, as well as many of Tim’s amazing photos, we get a sneak peak into the personal life of Tim, a man whose warm and evocative photos showed the humanity of conflict rather than just the carnage. We witness a man who struggled with wanting to tell a personal story whilst at the same time understanding why men enjoy so much, the killing of each other.
Despite his desire to leave conflict behind, an addiction had crept into Tim’s life, and going back for just one more trip to find the answers to questions that haunted him, turned out to be his undoing.
Which Way Is The Front Line From Here? is a poignant story of a man who broke all the rules and constraints of photo journalism but engaging his subjects rather that just observing through a lens. His choice of using a medium format camera not only gave him a unique square format to his images, but more importantly allowed him to look at his subjects and talk to them rather than hiding behind a camera, stuck up against his face. This allowed him not to influence the scenes he took, but to engage, to seek the truth, and capture it.
Rating: M Offensive language and content that may disturb.
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