Tim Hetherington’s ‘Diary’

Via Dana Stevens on Slate:

If Tim Hetherington (who, at 40, had only just begun his career as a feature-length filmmaker after years spent working as a photojournalist in West Africa) could be said to have a directorial style, it lay in this sense of rawness and disorientation. He sought to document the experience of war and political unrest from the point of view of an individual, a vulnerable body struggling to make sense of chaos and violence—which makes the news of his death, that ultimate vulnerability, all the more sickeningly sad.

Hetherington’s highly subjective, almost poetic vision of the events he spent his life documenting is on plain view in his remarkable 2010 short film Diary. (View it in full here.) Diary isn’t, by any meaningful definition of the term, a documentary. It’s an impressionistic 20-minute collage of images and sounds, a sketchbook of Hetherington’s memories from a decade of war reporting. While watching it for the first time the day Hetherington died—watching it because he died—I felt a pang at the thought that, in addition to losing a brave journalist who also seems to have been a lovely man, we have lost what could have been a great filmmaking career.

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    Diary, Ten Years of War Reporting. At the crossroad between journalism and art.
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    Yet another piece of an enduring artistic legacy.
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