“Restrepo” Director Killed in Libya Fighting

Tim Hetherington, the British photojournalist and director of the Academy Award-nominated documentary “Restrepo,” has been killed in the Libyan town of Misrata, where heavy fighting between rebels and Muammar Gaddafi’s forces continues.

Hetherington, who gained prominence with his in-your-face account of the war in Afghanistan, was one of 10 civilians killed in a recent shelling of Misrata, Reuters said in a report. Also among the dead were American photographer Chris Hondros, a Ukrainian doctor, and seven Libyan civilians. A mortar fire reportedly killed the civilians.

The 41-year-old Hetherington had been covering and documenting upheavals around the globe, including those in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria. It was, however, his work in Afghanistan that earned him the most recognition. “Restrepo,” which Hetherington co-directed with American journalist Sebastian Junger, chronicled the days they spent embedded with a platoon of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team in the Korengal valley. “Restrepo” also won the Grand Jury Prize for best documentary at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and was hailed by critics as one of the best films of 2010.