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Television Review

Honoring Tim Hetherington’s life and work

You couldn’t ask for a more elegantly powerful document of a life than Sebastian Junger’s tribute to his friend and colleague Tim Hetherington. The HBO film, about the frontline photojournalist who died in a mortar attack in Libya two years ago, is both an emotionally honest portrait of a specific, gifted man and a testament to the value of his profession — visual journalism during wartime.

“Which Way Is the Front Line From Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington” does for Hetherington what Hetherington aimed to do for his own battle-wracked subjects: It finds the individual inside the moment of combat, it steps outside politics to look at the ways of human nature on the ground, and it merges the reflectiveness of art with the immediacy of real life.

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