Notes and Images From the Vietnam War
Here’s a film for high school students and their teachers about the history of the Viet Nam War, composed of just photographs from that war, narration and, to help us through a damned disheartening story, lots of the Bach Suite for Solo Cello #1 in G.
The film is 45 minutes long––perfect for classroom use and repeated screenings by students on their own. It’s my response to the flawed Ken Burn/Lynn Novick 18-hour PBS series, The Vietnam War… too long for the classroom and failing in many ways as a useful account of the tragic Viet Nam war.
It’s free to stream or download the film from this website, so teachers, help yourselves. I’ve also provided a curriculum, produced by the Zinn Education Project’s Rethinking Schools for teaching this film, and some additional useful writings for understanding the Viet Nam War.
I recommend that teachers warn their students that the film is highly critical of the Viet Nam War. Teachers should also warn students in advance that this material can be upsetting. But I believe young adults can, and must, grapple with this grim history and the presence of this war, in order to avoid repeating it.
Produced and Directed by Jill Godmilow
Written and Edited by Jill Godmilow and Eric Stoll
Historic consultant: Howie Machtinger
Recording Engineer: Andy Kris
Sound Mix: Michael Simon
Veterans For Peace
Vietnam Full Disclosure of Veterans For Peace
Susan Schnall, President, Veterans For Peace
Sandra Schulberg, IndieCollect
© Jill Godmilow 2022