Documenting Vietnam

February 28–April 29, 2018

Powerful and innovative documentaries reveal the impact of the Vietnam War on the way Americans perceived themselves.

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  • Winter Soldier

  • Hearts and Minds

  • Upcoming
  • Past
  • Past

Past Events

  • Kronos Quartet, Rinde Eckert, and Vân-Ánh Võ perform My Lai, Sunday, March 4, 2018 in Zellerbach Hall
    Saturday, March 3, 4 PM

    Panel Discussion: Kronos Quartet, My Lai

    Kronos Quartet’s collaboration with composer Jonathan Berger and novelist Harriet Scott Chessman, My Lai revisits the horrors of the massacre and its aftermath. The work’s creators and performers visit BAMPFA for this conversation.

Past Films

  • The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara

    • Sunday, April 29 8:45 PM
    Errol Morris
    United States, 2003

    Built around interviews with former Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara, Morris’s Academy Award–winning film is a haunted reflection on US military power from World War II through the war in Vietnam.

    Errol Morris in Person

  • Little Dieter Needs to Fly

    • Thursday, March 29 7 PM
    Werner Herzog
    Germany, United Kingdom, France, 1997

    Imported 35mm Print

    Herzog accompanies a Vietnam War POW back to the jungles of Laos to relive his imprisonment and torture in this award-winning documentary. With Jack Chambers’s short Hybrid.

  • No Vietnamese Ever Called Me N****r

    • Thursday, March 15 7 PM
    David Loeb Weiss
    United States, 1968

    4K Digital Restoration

    Interviews with three black Vietnam veterans capture their experiences of institutional and everyday racism. With Keith Garrett’s look at African Americans in the military, The Black GI.

  • Hearts and Minds

    • Sunday, March 11 2 PM
    Peter Davis
    United States, 1974

    This Academy Award–winning documentary “holds a mirror up to our national conscience” (Judith Crist), revealing the effects of the Vietnam War on both North and South Vietnamese as well as Americans at home. With Carolee Schneemann’s short Viet-Flakes.

  • Winter Soldier

    • Saturday, March 3 5:30 PM
    Winterfilm Collective
    United States, 1972

    This record of testimony about American war crimes “may be the most important account we have of America’s tragic encounter with Vietnam. . . . Remains essential viewing” (Chicago Reader). With Peter Gessner’s short Time of the Locust.

    Introduction by David Harrington; Peter Gessner in Person

  • Interviews with My Lai Veterans

    • Friday, March 2 7 PM
    Joseph Strick
    United States, 1970

    Restored 35mm Print

    Strick’s documentary spotlights five veterans who took part in the US military’s infamous My Lai massacre, the incident that opened the public’s eyes to the atrocities of the Vietnam War. With Frederick Wiseman’s Basic Training and Appalshop’s Whitesburg Epic.

    Introduction by Harriet Scott Chessman

  • In the Year of the Pig

    • Wednesday, February 28 7 PM
    Emile de Antonio
    United States, 1969

    Restored 35mm Print

    This Academy Award–nominated doc makes the case against US intervention in Vietnam using an incendiary montage style. “An explosive analysis of the American war machine” (Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research).