Which Way Is The Front Line From Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington

Directed by Sebastian Junger

A portrait of photographer Tim Hetherington's work in war zones around the world.


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  • ★★★★ review by Shaun Munro on Letterboxd

    Devastating, affecting look at the life of slain war journalist Tim Hetherington, probes deep into both the motivations behind and questionable eithcs of war reporting. A rousing tribute to a sure talent and admirable human being.

  • ★★★★ review by Squasher88 on Letterboxd

    "Which Way Is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington" stands out among this field for its relaxed, laid-back approach to its subject. It plays rather like an extended eulogy, chronicling the extraordinary life and work of photojournalist Tim Hetherington. His work took him to the center of many dangerous conflicts in places like Liberia and Libya, where he sought to capture the humanity and love within the madness of war. Despite the film being directed by Sebastian Junger, it's Hetherington's evocative images that truly drive this film. As such, it loses some steam towards the end as it strays towards reliving his tragic final moments, rather than celebrating his work. Still, it remains a beautiful tribute to a brilliant photographer and admirable humanitarian.

  • ★★★★ review by Filmspotting on Letterboxd

    With so many books, narrative films and documentaries on the subject, what possible revelations can there be about men and the horrors of war? And yet, Sebastian Junger, through this exploration of Hetherington's open-hearted life and reflective, often-reflexive work, reveals much while honoring his friend in the process.

  • ★★★½ review by Hate8 on Letterboxd

    A good documentary on the life of a great photojournalist.

  • ★★★★ review by TaylorAnn_J on Letterboxd

    Inspiring in terms of photography, how you interact with people and what you value in your life :,(

    What a spirit, makes me want to get out and live.

    Is it even sad that he died so young? he was doing what he loved until the end.

    The thing about war though, war is terrible. This glorified the relationships between soldiers. Which are true and valuable relationships BUT that's the kind of thing that makes me think.. is that why everyone loves war movies so much? Is that why war is still ongoing. Because of how addicting the relationships are.

    Very MALE centric. I haven't felt alienated because of my gender in so long and this really made me think about it. Possibly because of the patriarchal way we deal with war and treat soldiers..

    In the beginning he's more focused on the effects of the war.

    Then he is delving into how war makes young men feel.

    War makes young men feel alive in a different way, but at what cost? hmmm

    War is an extreme, I think it appeals in the same way a zombie apocalypse would appeal. To feel such deep emotion and fear.

    It is very colourful for sure. But there are better directions to direct your effort.

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