We are proud to announce in 2013 the True Life Fund will recognize Sebastian Junger’s Which Way is the Front Line From Here? The LIfe & Time of Tim Hetherington. The film traces the career of journalist Tim Hetherington, who died covering the Libyan civil war in 2011. Money raised by the True Life Fund will go to Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues (RISC) and the Milton Margai School for the Blind in Sierra Leone.
Which Way is the Front Line? is particularly touching because of the emotional, directorial salute by Junger, a close friend and colleague of Hetherington. In 2010, the two co-directed the Oscar-nominated documentary Restrepo (T/F 2010) about a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.
Shortly after the release of Restrepo, Hetherington was hit by a shrapnel from a mortar blast in Misrata, Libya and bled out while being transported to the hospital. As a result of Hetherington’s death, Junger established RISC and continues as its director. RISC’s mission is to promote the safety of freelance journalists in combat zones by training journalists to treat life-threatening injuries on the battlefield. True Life Fund proceeds will be earmarked to provide free trainings. The Milton Margai School for the Blind, an important site for Tim both personally and professionally, has been designated as a charity that the Hetherington family supports.
Which Way is the Front Line From Here? is the seventh True/Life Film, and the sixth presented in partnership with The Crossing, a local church who will once again sponsor the True Life Fund in 2013. Returning for the second year, The Bertha Foundation will again provide matching funds.