Far From Vietnam
(Loin du Vietnam)

Directed by Joris Ivens, William Klein, Claude Lelouch, Agnès Varda, Jean-Luc Godard, Chris Marker, Alain Resnais.
France, 1967, digital video, color, 115 min.
French and English with English subtitles.

In 1967, Chris Marker assembled footage shot by a number of filmmakers opposed to the war in Vietnam into a film essay. Most of these filmmakers were French; their commitment to this project testifies to the political engagement of the Left Bank and New Wave filmmakers at that time as well as to their awareness that US aggression in Vietnam stemmed directly from that country’s revolt against French colonialism. William Klein films pro- and anti-war protests in New York, while Joris Ivens contributes footage from Vietnam; Resnais and Godard contribute two self-contained sequences. Marker masterfully blends these contributions with interviews, newsreel imagery and additional material by Agnès Varda and Claude Lelouch, and lays a typically incisive – and occasionally ironic – voiceover on top.

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