JOIN VFP VETERANS, ACTIVISTS & STUDENTS at FACETS MULTIMEDIA, on January 22, for a free screening and teach-in on the film Winter Soldier – with University of Chicago historian Mark Bradley.
(1517 W. Fullerton Ave, plenty of free parking and bike racks nearby)
This film is one of the most important and inspired documents of the Vietnam War anti-war movement – the stories the GIs courageously tell, the collective of New York filmmakers who scrounged up short ends to be able to shoot it… It’s exactly what Ken Burns avoided in his 18 hour PBS narrative…
In February, 1971, one month after the revelation of the My Lai massacre, VVAW – Vietnam Veterans Against the War – organized a conference in a Detroit motel where 125 vets from the war in Vietnam came together to heal a nation and themselves. Risking everything – careers, friendships and family – they talked about the atrocities they had committed serving in Vietnam. They saw themselves as “winter soldiers”, battling the wrongs of the war and the brutal training that had made them capable of unthinkable violence.
18 filmmakers organized the Winterfilm Collective and captured this extraordinary event on film. It’s been called one of the most powerful anti-war films ever made and remains, yet to this day, a remarkable plea for peace.
WINTER SOLDIER –
“it will shock, move, appall or anger…” Variety
“a live hand grenade, brought home from a distant battlefield…” David Halbfinger, New York Times