Newsreel ’68: Program 3

People’s War (Newsreel #43), and Young Puppeteers of Vietnam

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People’s War (Newsreel #43)

US/Vietnam, 1969, 40 min., b/w

This film records the mobilization and participation of the Vietnamese people in their country’s fight against colonialism and foreign military aggression. Moving beyond the perception of the Vietnamese as victims, the film investigates a society fully committed to national liberation.

Young Puppeteers of Vietnam

US/Vietnam, 1969, 25 min., b/w, Produced by the Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Vietnam

Art, dance, music, and poetry became a vital necessity for the liberated areas of South Vietnam in their daily efforts to survive the bombings and napalming of the Vietnam War. In this moving film, teenagers in the National Liberation Front liberated zones make beautiful puppets from the remains of downed U.S. warplanes.

Followed by a post-screening discussion with Daniel Denvir–Author of All-American Nativism (forthcoming from Verso), a fellow at Brown University's Watson Institute, writer in residence at The Appeal, and host of "The Dig" on Jacobin Radio–and Brad Duncan, co-editor, with Interference Archive, of the new book Finally Got the News: The Printed Legacy of the U.S. Radical Left, 1970-1979.

Young Puppeteers of Vietnam