Media Arts Program

Friday, February 23, 2007

David Zeiger


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Encore Screening!

photo courtesy Displaced Films

"The past isn't dead; it isn't even past." - William Faulkner

This is the story of one of the most vibrant and widespread upheavals of the 1960s - one that had a profound impact on American society, yet has been virtually obliterated from the collective memory of that time. Although the Vietnam War has been the subject of hundreds of fiction and non-fiction films, the story of the rebellion of thousands of American soldiers against the war has never been told in film. By the Pentagon's own figures, between 1966 and 1971, 503,926 "incidents of desertion" occurred, and by 1971 entire units were refusing to go into battle in unprecedented numbers. Stockades and federal prisons were filling up with soldiers jailed for their opposition to the war and the military. "In the course of a few short years, over 200 underground newspapers were published by soldiers around the world; local and national antiwar GI organizations were joined by thousands; thousands more demonstrated against the war at every major base in the world in 1970 and 1971, including in Vietnam itself." Using never before seen archival footage, as well as rare documents from the resistance, David Zeiger's documentary Sir! No Sir! energetically reveals the untold story of the GI movement to end the war in Vietnam. "Perfectly timed with new doubts about the Iraq War" (Variety).

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