sleeping soldiers

Tim Hetherington: Sleeping Soldiers (2009).

Filmed in the Korengal Valley of Eastern Afghanistan in 2007-8 following a platoon of US Airborne Infantry. Single screen version of the original 3-screen installation.

Tim told me that his movies were to be a triptych answering: how is it that old men can get young men to use violence so that the old men can get what they want. After millennia of cultural evolution, how is it that society still sanctions such violence?
Art Blundell, 4/10/2014.

Originally posted on 5/30/2011; re-posted 5/27/13.