Jan 29 Sat 2pm: screening of WINTER SOLDIER documentary of 1971
investigation of American atrocities in Vietnam
On Saturday, January 29 beginning at 2pm the Vietnam Veterans Against
the War and Open University of the Left will be screening and
discussing WINTER SOLDIER, a feature-length documentary on the
historic 1971 Winter Soldier Investigation war crimes tribunal in
Detroit, Michigan. WINTER SOLDIER captures the terrifying testimonies
of more than 200 ex-GIs concerning American atrocities in Vietnam.
The film, made about and with the Vietnam Veterans Against the War
(VVAW), was a prize winner at Cannes and Berlin Film Festivals,
screened at the Whitney Museum of Art, New York City and was
televised once by WNET in New York. In a review done at the time of
its release in 1972, film critic Amos Vogel said: "This is a film
that must be shown in prime time evening on national television, and
never will be."
Winter Soldier was largely ignored during the Vietnam war by American
press and distributors. Nearly twenty years later, when the film
screened at the 1990 Berlin Film Festival as part of the 20th Jubilee
Celebration of Films shown at previous festivals, Ulrich Gregor wrote
in the program notes "the film is as powerful as ever today."
The Winter Soldier Investigation drew renewed attention during the
2004 Presidential campaign when groups like "Swift Boat Veterans for
Truth" accused Senator Kerry of falsely accusing U.S. troops of war
crimes. Kerry had summarized the results of the Winter Soldier
Investigation in his testimony before Congress.
Members of VVAW will introduce the film and take questions
afterwards. The relevance of the film for the current Iraq war will
be discussed by Vietnam veterans, including BARRY ROMO, who, at the
Winter Soldier Investigation, served as the moderator of the panel
that dealt with the U.S. Division that was involved in the My Lai
massacre. He also represented Chicanos on the Racism Panel.
CO-SPONSORED BY: Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Open University of
the Left, Democratic Socialists of America Chicago chapter and the
WHEN: JANUARY 29, SATURDAY, 2:00 PM
WHERE: ACME ART WORKS, 1741 N. WESTERN AVE. (at St. Paul Street),
Chicago, two blocks south of the Western stop on the CTA Blue Line.
HOW MUCH: $5 donation if you have it; no one turned away.
Refreshments available at the Blackwater Cafe.
FOR MORE INFO: E-mail the OUL at OULChicago@...
or call 773-384-
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workings of the political process in Gilded Age America. After a
century and a quarter, this tragicomic novel of ideas retains its
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"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the
sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of
their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and
thanks of man and woman." - Thomas Paine
The term "winter soldier" refers to Thomas Paine's criticism of
American revolutionary soldiers of 1776. At end of the summer,
the "sunshine patriot" deserted the fight whereas the "winter
soldier" withstood the harsh conditions of winter. These Vietnam
veterans who testified were the "new winter soldiers" who were still
fighting, but for justice and peace through activism.
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