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This documentary follows a platoon of American soldiers for one year through the most dangerous valley in Afghanistan. Avoiding interviews with senior officers and politicians, the filmmakers set out to create an experiential film about life and death in north-east Afghanistan where US forces encounter the Taliban daily. Afghanistan's Korengal Valley, a stronghold of al Qaeda and the Taliban, has proven to be one of the U.S. Army's deadliest challenges. It is here that the platoon lost their comrade, PFC Juan Restrepo, and erected an outpost in his honor. Up close and personal, Junger and Hetherington gain extraordinary insight into the surreal combination of backbreaking labor and deadly firefights that are a way of life at Outpost Restrepo.