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Junger returns with 'Korengal'

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES - Sebastian Junger wants 84 minutes of moviegoers' time, especially civilian moviegoers.

In "Korengal," the filmmaker employs that amount of footage unused in his 2010 Afghanistan war documentary "Restrepo" to paint a psychological portrait of soldiers, not to re-chronicle the conflict cunningly captured in the Oscar-nominated original.

"I really thought of it an inquiry," said Junger, a journalist and author. "'Restrepo' wasn't an inquiry. 'Korengal' is an inquiry into the experience of war and how it affects people. Civilians really need to understand the experience. We sent them out there in the first place, and now we have to bring them back. The more we understand about what they went through, the better."

Junger is optimistic that the new film will have as much of an impact as "Restrepo," which was co-directed by the late documentarian Tim Hetherington and told of the year the two spent embedded with a U.S. platoon in Afghanistan's dangerous Korengal Valley.

With the influx of soldiers returning home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Junger hopes the film can act as a bridge to understanding between civilians and veterans.

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