Tuesday, November 16, 2010


Today, President Obama awarded Sgt. Sal Giunta the Medal of Honor, which hasn't been bestowed on any living person since the Vietnam War. It's the highest honor a United States soldier can receive.

What's most interesting about Giunta receiving the honor, is that filmmakers Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington were following his platoon making a documentary while they fought in the Korengal valley, which is considered to be the most dangerous place in Afghanistan. They were able to document the very actions which led to Giunta receiving the honor. The documentary itself covers an entire year in the Korengal valley, and the fighting that Giuntas platoon had to endure.

Below is a segment telling Giuntas story. The footage they've acquired looks amazing, I can't think of any other full-length film that features such footage of combat from the ground. This ground-breaking footage coupled with the human emotion in the film will be what sets it apart, as it will surely garner plenty of attention. Restrepo airs Monday November 29th on the National Geographic Channel.

The Sal Giunta Story from Sebastian Junger on Vimeo.

If you want to watch that in a bigger size, click on "The Sal Giunta Story" just beneath it. If you want to know more, check out the films website.

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