FAR FROM VIETNAM Trailer
Initiated and edited by Chris Marker, FAR FROM VIETNAM is an epic 1967 collaboration between cinema greats Jean-Luc Godard, Joris Ivens, William Klein, Claude Lelouch and Alain Resnais in protest of American military involvement in Vietnam–made, per Marker’s narration, “to affirm, by the exercise of their craft, their solidarity with the Vietnamese people in struggle against aggression.”
A truly collaborative effort, the film brings together an array of stylistically disparate contributions, none individually credited, under a unified editorial vision. The elements span documentary footage shot in North and South Vietnam and at anti-war demonstrations in the United States; a fictional vignette and a monologue that dramatize the self-interrogation of European intellectuals; interviews with Fidel Castro and Anne Morrison, widow of Norman Morrison, the Quaker pacifist who burned himself alive on the steps of the White House in 1965; an historical overview of the conflict; reflections from French journalist Michèle Ray; and a range of repurposed media material.
Passionately critical and self-critical, and as bold in form as it is in rhetoric, FAR FROM VIETNAM is a milestone in political documentary and in the French cinema.
“An important film, a beautiful film, a moving film…the cinema at last has its ‘Guernica.'” —Richard Roud, The Guardian
“A landmark in the European cinema…A new kind of film-not an anthology-piece in which each director contributes a sketch, but a real fusion of each individual’s material into a collective statement.” —Michael Kustow, The Times of London
“Rich with humanity and indignation…this is a film nobody should miss. It mirrors both the horror and the hope of our times.” —Sanity magazine
“Manifests the will to produce a film that cuts through the sensationalized media reports on Vietnam–the misinformation–while simultaneously joining the growing protest against the war.” —Nora M. Alter, Chris Marker (book)