Sebastian Junger Honored by Florida State University's Veteran Film Festival
Filmmaker, author and journalist Sebastian Junger received a career achievement award from Florida State University on Monday, as part of the school's annual Student Veteran Film Festival.
The Student Veteran Torchlight Award for Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking was presented to the Perfect Storm author and the co-director of 2010's Restrepo, the harrowing, Oscar-nominated documentary about a platoon stationed in Afghanistan. The late Tim Hetherington, Junger's co-director on Restrepo who was killed while covering the conflict in Libya as a freelance photojournalist, is the subject of Junger's latest documentary, Which Way is the Front Line From Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington. That film screened at the festival, followed by a panel discussion.
The award is given annually to a filmmaker who illuminates issues facing veterans, and comes with a $25,000 prize. Junger says he will donate the prize to the non-profit organization he founded after Hetherington's death, Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues. The program teaches journalists life-saving first-aid techniques.
“I found out soon after Tim was killed that he simply bled out from a wound that didn’t have to be mortal,” Junger told the audience as he accepted his award. “I was supposed to be in Libya with him, and I couldn’t go at the last moment. I realized had I been with him, I just would have watched him die because I had no medical knowledge myself and none of the freelance journalists I know -- not one of them -- would have known what to do in that situation."