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317 Ratings

Far from Vietnam

Loin du Vietnam

France, 1967
Documentary, Drama

Synopsis

An epic 1967 collaboration between great film directors in protest of American military involvement in Vietnam—made, per projector initiator and editor Chris Marker’s narration, “to affirm, by the exercise of their craft, their solidarity with the Vietnamese people in struggle against aggression.”

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Far from Vietnam Directed by Agnès Varda, Joris Ivens, William Klein ...

Critics reviews

The horror of the war’s direct effect, the fury of the resistance that it provoked, the self-inflicted damage to American ideals, and its over-all impact as a lever for huge social, political, and psychological fractures are packed in the aptly diverse and ravaged form of the collective film, “Far from Vietnam”… Klein’s footage of demonstrations in New York in 1967 is one of the crucial documentary distillations of the moment…
August 29, 2013
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It could be both the most eloquent and rankling protest film ever made, but it has gone unseen for so long that only cinéastes and New Wave aficionados remembered to hope for its reappearance… The hammer blow of “Far From Vietnam,” however, comes with Mr. Klein’s segment… Grief doesn’t prevent Mr. Morrison’s serene pacifist widow from endorsing her his martyrdom, and Mr. Klein makes clear that Mr. Morrison immediately became a folk hero in Vietnam.
August 27, 2013
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Far from Vietnam is about multiple readings and cultural appropriations of the Vietnam War, and those wishing to understand the Vietnamese war experience may want to seek out instead Joris Iven’s 17th Parallel, also from 1967. But the ads may also be taken to illustrate what Susan Sontag called a failure of empathy, supporting the filmmakers’ aim to combat indifference and to end the war.
August 24, 2013
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