FREE Film Festival May 17 & 18 at PSU

Veterans For Peace Chapter 72 and Students United for Nonviolence (SUN) present
A FREE film festival at 5th Avenue Cinema, 510 SW Hall Street in Portland

An Honest Look at the American War in Viet Nam

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Clarence Fitch

Clarence Fitch

Saturday, May 17, 2:00 PM
Tami Gold 1998 • 50 mins.

A moving biography of one ordinary yet extraordinary veteran of the Vietnam War. Like many veterans in the hardships he endured, Clarence Fitch was uncommon in his ability to transform these experiences through a life of political activism. His gripping personal story provides a unique window onto the Vietnam War, racism in America, and social problems which have ravaged America for decades.

NOTE: VFP member Mike Hastie will introduce the post-screening discussion of this film.

hearts_and_mindsXSaturday, May 17, 3:30 PM
Peter Davis 1974 • 112 mins.

Released one year after the withdrawal of US troops but before the fall of Saigon; winner of the 1974 Academy Award for Best Documentary. Drawing from many different sources, Peter Davis confronts the failed politics behind U.S. involvement in Vietnam and effectively illustrates its disastrous effects in a this collage-style documentary. Described as explosive, persuasive, and shocking, this emotionally charged film is sure to leave an impression on the hearts and minds of viewers.

NOTE: PSU Conflict Resolution Professor Tom Hastings will introduce the post-screening discussion of this film.

PLEASE BE AWARE: This film contains disturbing images of war and violence.

sirnosircoverXSunday, May 18, 2:30 PM
David Zeiger 2005 • 84 mins.

This highly acclaimed, award-winning documentary—an instant classic—tells an almost entirely forgotten story of the military men and women who helped bring an end to the Vietnam War. Contrary to the popular image of long-haired hippies spitting on returning soldiers, SIR! NO SIR! vividly demonstrates that GIs were the heart and soul of the anti-war movement.

NOTE: VFP member Dan Shea will introduce the post-screening discussion of this film.

LighterThanOrangeSunday, May 18, 4:15 PM
Matthias Leupold 2014 • 72 mins.

A brand new release made by a German photographer, this film gives Vietnamese veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange during the American war a chance to tell their stories. After 10+ years of non-stop fighting, these survivors returned home eager to rebuild their lives and their families. But peacetime confronted them with new challenges: numerous miscarriages, stillbirths and children with incurable illnesses and debilitating deformities, caused by their exposure to the chemical defoliants sprayed by U.S. and allied forces during the war. The fates of the individuals featured in this film are unique but they are not alone: an estimated 4 million Vietnamese people are still affected by the lingering effects of Agent Orange. The soft styling of this striking film humanizes these war veterans—our former enemies—and helps to cushion the intensity of their stories.

NOTE: VFP associate member Becky Luening will introduce the post-screening discussion of this film.

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