Hearts and Minds
Daniel Ellsberg, William Westmoreland, Nguyen Khanh,
Peter Davis’s Academy Award–winning documentary is a powerful illustration of the ignorance, inhumanity, and duplicity of the arguments for US involvement in the Vietnam War made by those in power. Interviews with military brass, soldiers, parents, veterans, activists, and victims of the war are interspersed with scenes of battles, bombings, parades, football games, and funerals. This sweeping look at the war’s effects on both North and South Vietnamese and on Americans themselves “holds up a mirror to our national conscience, forcing upon us an assessment of our own immoralities and a probe of the values that created them” (Judith Crist).
Carolee Schneemann, United States, 1966
Accompanied by James Tenney’s sound collage, Schneemann uses a magnifying glass to travel through images from news reports on Vietnam War atrocities, as if trying to get closer to the truth hidden within. “One of the most effective indictments of the Vietnam War ever made” (Robert Enright).