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Hearts and Minds

Synopsis
Recounts the history and attitudes of the opposing sides of the Vietnam War using archival news footage as well as their own film and interviews. A key theme is how attitudes of American racism and self-righteous militarism helped create and prolong the conflict. As well as including interviews with presidents, generals and other key players down to foot soldiers, the film also endeavours to give voice to the Vietnamese people themselves - how the war affected them and the reasons why they fought the United States and other western powers, while showing the basic humanity of the people that US propaganda tried to dismiss.
DVD extras include memorably honest director’s commentary that not only supplies background material but also highlights Davis’s own second thoughts concerning his heat-of-the-moment treatment of what is still an endlessly contentious subject.
Language
English
Country
United States
Year of release
2005
Year of production
1974
Availability
out of distribution
Uses
American studies courses: introduction to American society; courses on US government, sociology and foreign policy.*
Subjects
Politics & government
Keywords
documentary films; United States of America; Vietnam war

Credits

Director
Peter Davis

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£19.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
112 minutes
Year
2005

Distributor

Name

Metrodome Distribution

Notes
Specialist distributor of quality, independent films, both theatrically and subsequently on DVD. DVD releases include new films, classic cinema, documentaries, animation, stage adaptations, television programming and historical drama. NB. Metrodome Distribution went into administration in 2016
 

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