The Documentary Blog Recommends: Diary by Tim Hetherington

Diary is a short film made by Tim Hetherington, co-director of the recently Oscar nominated Restrepo. The film is particularly interesting as it’s a very personal look into the experience of working in conflict zones. Prior to Restrepo, Tim was best known for his photojournalism–both freelance and as a contributing photographer for Vanity Fair. He is one of many photojournalists who have made a move into feature documentary, with another notably being Danfung Dennis who won two awards last week at Sundance. It seems a natural progression for people working in this field to move into feature-length filmmaking, as photojournalists need to consider both visual and narrative when covering a story.

Tim describes Diary as “a highly personal and experimental film that expresses the subjective experience of my work, and was made as an attempt to locate myself after ten years of reporting. It’s a kaleidoscope of images that link our western reality to the seemingly distant worlds we see in the media.”

Shown at this year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest and IDFA, Diary aims to create the atmosphere, and experience, of working in areas from Afghanistan to Liberia in an unusual but highly successful way.

To see more of Tim’s work visit his website here.

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