War film screening, question-and-answer session set

By The Mercury

Independent film “KORENGAL: This is What War Feels Like” explores the questions behind combat.

It will premiere for one week in Manhattan starting 7 p.m. on Friday at the Carmike Seth Childs 12 theater, 2610 Farm Bureau Road.

The film, directed New York-based writer and journalist Sebastian Junger, centers around the Battle Company of the 173rd Airborne Brigade stationed in the Korengal Valley of eastern Afghanistan from May 2007 to June 2008.

The 6-mile-long strip of rugged land on the Pakistan border was considered an epicenter of battle between American forces and the Taliban, according to “KORENGAL’s” description.

“KORENGAL” is a second story to “RESTREPO,” released in 2010, that Junger and his late friend and photojournalist Tim Hetherington co-directed as they filmed daily life with a 15-man outpost named after a platoon medic who was killed in action.

“KORENGAL” is an introspective piece that follows the same men from six years ago that explains what war feels like and how it affects those fighting in it.

Following the film, two local veterans, Jonathan Gean and Christopher Noell, will answer questions. A no-host after party will follow at the Powercat Sports Grill, 3011 Anderson Ave.

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