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Vietnam: The Last Battle

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A VIDEO BY DAVID MUNRO
WRITTEN AND PRESENTED
BY JOHN PILGER
DISTRIBUTED BY
FIRST RUN/ICARUS FILMS
153 WAVERLY PLACE,
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10014
Copyright 1995. 52 Minutes
VHS Format. Color. Black and White

Vietnam: The Last Battle is journalist John Pilger’s coming-to-terms essay on the meaning of the Vietnam conflict. Pilger takes a perspective that is rare in Western-language films on Vietnam: he places the Vietnamese people in the center of the discussion, and emphasizes that the great tragedy of the war was not the anguish of American veterans but rather the devastation of the Vietnamese land and people. He makes this point early and forcefully by interviewing MOE-Lai survivors at the site of the massacre; showing archival footage of bomb damage to hospitals and churches in the North; and visiting doctors who treat deformed babies in the South.

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