The little-known protest of the Vietnam War staged from within the ranks of the military is explored in director David Zeiger's revealing documentary. Despite the well-documented media coverage of Vietnam War protests that took place on college campuses across the nation, few people but the most ardent history buffs remain aware of the massive protests that flourished in U.S. barracks and military bases at home and abroad. Staged by countless military men disillusioned with the ongoing war, these protests reached from the hallowed halls of West Point to the bullet-riddled rice fields of Vietnam. Though hundreds of soldiers were imprisoned for voicing their controversial views and thousands more sent into exile for their subversive activities, the tireless efforts of the government and media to suppress this remarkable tale would eventually falter as the dissenting voices became too numerous to silence. Thirty years after the last bombs were dropped on Vietnam, the remarkable tale of the soldiers unafraid to stand up for their beliefs comes to the screen in a film that will forever alter the manner in which contemporary audiences view one of the most controversial wars in modern history. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Extremely interesting and well done. Makes you feel good to see the integrity and will of these people who stood up for what they believed in, and sad to think there's no way you can imagine the present generation being able to do the same thing.
To the one begrudging anyone to watch this as it only shows "one side" Finally how was there more than the one side? We made it totally wrong to be there the second we didn't have the commitment to prosecute it as a war. DUHH! If you are going to fight a "war: then be honest and take it ALL THE WAY from the get go. It may still have been wrong but at least it would not have humiliated and MURDERED so many US soldiers. That was the most deplorable waste of American lives and a total humiliation to the American fighting man. The likes of General Westmoreland ought to have been EXECUTED for his lies that resulted in more draftees being killed... it was MURDER on his part and all those in on it who knew better. I say let em show it n this light, it is more honest than what was rammed down our throats at the time.
In a authoritarian system were obedience is rewarded and dissent is punished and where American kids are thrown into an alien culture where they don't know who is a innocent civilian and who is about ready to blow them up it is understandable how it is easy to go along with illegal orders (by Geneva Accords standards). What is heartening is that some people are able to reflect on what they have done and use their moral compass try to make amends by directing their revulsion in a positive direction i.e. stopping the slaughter. This is the story of people who had the courage to go against the grain. Obviously not all G.I.s in Vietnam were involved in deliberately killing civilians but many were - either from the air or on the ground. What most people don't know is their individual protests grew into a large movement within the military.