New York-based writer and journalist
Sebastian Junger first ventured into film with the documentary RESTREPO, which he shot and directed with colleague Tim Hetherington. RESTREPO chronicles one year at an American combat outpost in eastern Afghanistan; the film won the 2010 Sundance Grand Jury Prize for best documentary and was also nominated for an Oscar® and an Independent Spirit Award. Junger’s accompanying book, War, spent over a month on the New York Times bestseller list.
Junger’s next film, Which Way Is the Front Line From Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington, was a moving portrait of the acclaimed war photographer and his RESTREPO co-director that premiered on HBO and was nominated for a PGA award and was short-listed for an Oscar® in the Best Documentary Feature category.
Junger’s books include The Perfect Storm, Fire and A Death in Belmont.
Junger first reported from Afghanistan in 1996 and, four years later, was one of the last Westerners to accompany legendary guerrilla fighter Ahmed Shah Massoud during his war against the Taliban. Junger has reported for Vanity Fair, where he is a contributing editor, from many war zones across the world: he was trapped in Monrovia during the Liberian civil war in 2003, caught in Sierra Leone during the civil war of 2000 and very briefly held by “oil rebels” in the Niger Delta in 2006. His October 1999 article in Vanity Fair, “The Forensics of War,” won a National Magazine Award for Reporting.
His documentary KORENGAL picked up where RESTREPO left off; the same men, the same valley, the same commanders, but a very different look at the experience of war. KORENGAL explains how war works, what it feels like and what it does to the young men who fight it.
Junger's latest documentary was The Last Patrol, which premiered in 2014 on HBO. Two combat veterans, along with Junger, and another war journalist, walked the railroad lines from DC to Pennsylvania. The four men discuss war, what it meant to them, and how it changed the perceptions of life. In June 2015, he wrote "How PTSD Became a Problem Far Beyond The Battlefield" in Vanity Fair. Junger is also the founder of Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues (RISC), an intensive course in advanced life saving skills for journalists who are traveling to wars, conflicts, and natural disasters.