Directed by David Zeiger and released in 2005, this 84-minute documentary tells the anti-war movement within the ranks of the United States Armed Forces during the Vietnam War.
As the U.S. military and its allies flee Vietnam in disarray in the spring of 1975, the government, the media, and Hollywood begin a 20-year process of erasing the GI Movement from the collective memory of the nation and the world.
Ronald Reagan’s "Resurgent America" campaign re-writes the history of Vietnam and erases the GI Movement.
By 1990, more than a hundred theatrical films have been produced about the Vietnam War.
None of those films, however, portray the GI Antiwar Movement or any opposition to the war by soldiers.
Now, you can see those movements.
An engaging mix of talking heads including veterans, family members, and Peace! poster girl Jane Fonda herself (her anti-war road show here seen as an antidote to Bob Hope’s patriotic propaganda tours) are enhanced by smoothly edited archival footage taken from home movies and the evening news—an especially effective opening and closing sequence depicting a napalm attack along a palm-fringed coastline draws immediate comparisons to "Apocalypse Now". Passionate, respectful, and well documented, Zeger manages to correct a few misconceptions while adding yet another valuable chapter to the story of America’s involvement in Viet Nam.
A great documentary about people who resisted the war in different ways because their conscience mattered.
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