This week, HBO Documentaries hosted a premiere for Which Way is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington, about acclaimed war photographer and filmmaker Tim Hetherington, who was killed in 2011 while covering Libya’s civil war. The film, directed by Sebastian Junger, Hetherington’s friend and co-director on the Oscar-nominated Restrepo, explores the risks facing combat journalists and chronicles Hetherington’s work on the battlefield.
“Tim worked as a visual artist, and after his death, a film seemed like the most appropriate way to honor him,” said Junger in the release announcing the documentary’s premiere. “Tim was very brave, not only in combat — I have been under fire with him many times — but in life. The artistic choices he made were incredibly risky, but he was very sure of himself and wound up completely reinventing his craft. The title of my film refers as much to Tim’s artistic instincts as to any combat situation he may have been in.”
HBO’s documentary debuts in conjunction with an outdoor exhibition at the International Center of Photography in New York City (ICP), Tim Hetherington's Sleeping Soldiers. The large-format installation features Hetherington’s photos and portrays individuals’ perspectives on war, primarily in the Middle East and West Africa.
The exhibition is located in the ICP School Pavilion at 1114 Avenue of the Americas, and is open to the public through May 13. See photos from the exhibit below. Which Way is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington debuts April 18 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.
Pictured above: Hetherington’s parents, Judith and Alistair, at the Sleeping Soldiers exhibit.
Pictured above: "Forward Observer Murphy," a photo from Tim Hetherington's Sleeping Soldiers exhibit at the International Center of Photography.