The Hornet’s Nest is an account of two journalists’ incredible journey in a war zone in Afghanistan that will sting the hearts of viewers. Mike Boettcher and his son, Carlos Boettcher, spent two years in the deserts and rough terrain of Afghanistan (Goldstein, 2014).
After spending decades covering global conflict as a journalist for ABC, CNN and NBC (Tompkins, 2014), Boettcher wanted to inform the public of world events through a different medium. He decided to use film as that medium, because film is something people can easily refer back to.
Boettcher and his son Carlos
For much of Boettcher’s career, he spent considerable time away from his family and friends while on assignments. Looking back, he wishes that he had spent some of that time with his son. The Hornet’s Nest allowed him to make up for lost time. His son Carlos had had no experience as a war correspondent before they were embedded together with military units 1st Brigade, 2nd Battalion, 101st ABN; 3rd Brigade, “Rakkasan”, 101st ABN; 4th Brigade, Currahee, 101st ABN; and 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines (Tompkins, 2014).
“There’s nothing that brings people closer together than fighting for your life and certainly that made us very, very close,” Boettcher said. “I mean, we’re as close now as a father and son could be. That’s what’s important about this job to know. Don’t let it occupy every sector of your life. It’s important to keep a balance as a journalist, I believe.”
Boettcher has additional advice for aspiring journalists. “Try to keep a balance in your life. Remember how important family and community is and not just journalism, because if you keep those things in balance, it makes you a happier person, which will make you a better journalist.”
This feature was written for the JRNL2310 Reporting course at Auburn University in Fall 2014.
Goldstein, G. (2014, May 29). Review: Afghanistan war documentary ‘The Hornet’s Nest’ embeds you. Retrieved from http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-hornets-nest-movie-review-20140530-story.html
Tompkins, A. (2014, May 23). ‘Hornet’s Nest’: Memorial Day war movie by father and son journalists open. Retrieved from http://www.poynter.org/2014/hornets-nest-the-memorial-day-war-movie-by-father-and-son-journalists/253316/