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Far from Vietnam (15)

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Produced in the midst of the Vietnam War by some of French cinema’s finest auteurs, this film is one of the most powerful works of cinematic protest ever made.

Conceived and edited by Chris Marker (Sans Soleil), and overlaid with his inimitable voiceover, the film is laid out over eleven chapters and brings together contributions from six leading directors – among them Jean-Luc Godard, Alain Resnais, and Agnes Varda – diverse in their approaches but united in their opposition to US military involvement in Vietnam. 

In each remarkable section, the filmmakers pursue and reflect on the contributions their own films might make to the struggle in Vietnam, asking how cinema might bridge our physical distance from the conflict and encourage solidarity from afar. A landmark in political filmmaking, the questions it asks both of cinema and political solidarities in general still resonate today. 

1967 Dirs Chris Marker, Jean Luc-Godard, Joris Ivens, Agnès Varda, William Klein, Alain Resnais, Claude Lelouch 115 min Digital presentation 

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