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Vietnam: An American Journey

Healing the wounds of war

Overview

Genre
Investigation, History, Human Rights, Human Interest, and Politics
Synopsis

This powerful and unprecedented report, first by an American filmmaker after the military conflict, movingly documents the human and physical scars of a damaged country as it tries to rebuild the lives of its people and heal the wounds of war.

"Robert Richter was the first American filmmaker allowed in Vietnam after the war, and his seven-week trip down Highway One from Hanoi to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) is an enlightening, often touching portrait of civilian rehabilitation after a national trauma." —Village Voice

My Lai -- The emotional peak of the film is a woman at the site of the massacre who tearfully describes the tragedy and how she managed to be one of the few survivors. She was unknown in the U.S. before this film's theatrical release in 1979.

"Terrific documentary in the best tradition of the genre and a just and unbiased piece of journalism. With the distance of 30 years it is by now a historical document in its own right... 5 out of 5 stars."
—German film critic

Treatment
Show treatment
Stage
finished
Running time
85 minutes

Credits

  • Robert Richter ... Producer, Director, Writer, Reporter, Sound Recordist
  • Burleigh Wartes ... Cinematographer
  • Peter Kinoy ... Editor

Production Details

Prod. Co.
Richter Productions
Country
United States
Years of Production
1978
Locations
Vietnam, Hong Kong

Distribution Details

Release year
1979
Distribution
125 US Theaters. One small NY oublic TV outlet.
Language
English, Vietnamese, French
Subtitles
English Subtitles

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