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Sir! No sir! : a David Zeiger film

Author: David ZeigerEvangeline GriegoAaron ZarrowTroy GarityEdward AsnerAll authors
Publisher: New York, NY : Docurama Films ; Distributed by New Video Group, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In archival footage and interviews, this film tells the story of an almost forgotten fact of the Vietnam era: the war's most crucial naysayers were soldiers--in the barracks and on the front lines--the GI anti-war movement. Beginning with acts of conscience by individuals, dissatisfaction escalated with the number of conscripts. Courts-martial, destroyed careers, imprisonment in military stockades or federal  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentary films
Documentary
History
Named Person: Billy Dean Smith; Billy Dean Smith
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: David Zeiger; Evangeline Griego; Aaron Zarrow; Troy Garity; Edward Asner; Displaced Films.; ARTE France.; Docurama (Firm); New Video Group.
ISBN: 0767091930 9780767091930
OCLC Number: 73829367
Language Note: Closed-captioned.
Notes: Special features: Featurettes: The American serviceman's union and Fort Dix stockade rebellion (12 min.); Carl Dix: From protest to federal prison to revolution (12 min.); Elder Halim Gullahbemi: Learning from the Vietnamese (6 min.); Jeff Sharlet and Vietnam GI (4 min.); Randy Rowland: Life in the Presidio stockade (7 min.); Keith Mather's escape (3 min.); The 9 for Peace (1 min.); Keith's scrapbook: From 9 for peace to Presidio 27 (7 min.); Joe Urgo: Behind the winter soldier investigation (8 min.); Michael Wong: In Vietnam, we were doing what the Japanese did to the Chinese in WWII (3 min.); Director David Zeiger and Sgt. Giamozzi at the Oleo Strut (6 min.); Pioneer pirate radio DJ Dave Rabbit speaks! (8 min.); The court martial of Camilo Mejia: Iraq War resister (2 min.); Cindy Sheehan and Jane Fonda on "Sir! No Sir!" (12 min.); "Only the Beginning" - Vietnam vets 'return' their medals (4 min.); Newsreel: "Summer of '68" - The Oleo Strut (7 min.); Rita Martinson's "Soldier, we love you" (5 min.); Director biography [text feature].
Credits: Editors, May Rigler, Lindsay Mofford ; camera, May Rigler, David Zweiger; original music, Buddy Judge ; research, James Lewes, Jörgen Gustafson, Isabelle Moore, Mark Piper, Dina Rigler.
Performer(s): Narrated by Troy Garity; commentators, Donald Duncan, Howard Levy, Oliver Hirsch, Keith Mather, Susan Schnall, Randy Rowland, Louis Font, David Cline, Steve Goldsmith, Hal Muskat, Dave Blalock, Darnell Summers, Jane Fonda, Joe Urgo, Bill Short, Greg Payton, Terry Whitmore, Halim Gullahbemi, Michael Wong, Joe Bangert, Richard Boyle, Essie Love, Louise Monaco, Mildred Parker, Verna Blossomgame, Terry Iverson, Tom Bernard, Ed Eskelson, Don May, Ron McMahan, John Huyler, John Lembcke; voice of Colonel Heinl, Ed Asner.
Event notes: Originally produced as an American documentary in 2005.
Description: 1 videodisc (84 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD; NTSC; Dolby Digital stereo.
Contents: Introduction --
"I quit!" --
The turning point --
A troubling decision --
Underground press --
Black power --
The My Lai massacre --
A state of collapse --
The movement is everywhere --
Constellation vote --
G.I.'s take the stage --
Credits.
Other Titles: Sir! No sir! :
David Zeiger film
Responsibility: a Displaced Films production ; in association with ARTE/France ; produced, directed & written by David Zeiger ; produced by Evangeline Griego, Aaron Zarrow.

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In archival footage and interviews, this film tells the story of an almost forgotten fact of the Vietnam era: the war's most crucial naysayers were soldiers--in the barracks and on the front lines--the GI anti-war movement. Beginning with acts of conscience by individuals, dissatisfaction escalated with the number of conscripts. Courts-martial, destroyed careers, imprisonment in military stockades or federal penitentiaries and desertions were common. There were also pirate radio stations, underground newspapers, a modern "underground railway" that helped soldiers desert and move to Canada, coffeehouses near U.S. bases where opinions shaped and altered by first-hand experiences were shared, and groups organized around every imaginable axis, which led to anti-war sentiment among U.S. troops being recognized at the highest levels in the Pentagon. On one level, this film is a corrective to the rah-rah rhetoric about Vietnam pushed by the right wing, while undermining the popular fiction that opposition to the war came strictly from outside the military, and reversing the 20 year process of erasing the GI Movement from the collective memory of the nation and the world.

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Well-made, gripping, heart-breaking

by JesseTheK (WorldCat user published 2010-01-24) Excellent Permalink

Told in the first person by veterans of two wars: Vietnam and the battle to end that war from within the US military. Entertaining and lively without sacrificing the narrative. Provides much-needed perspective on the current "we support the troops" mindset in the U.S., while (partially) debunking...
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