No Vietnamese Ever Called Me N****r
Los Angeles Filmforum presents
No Vietnamese Ever Called Me N****r
Sunday, July 1, 2018, 7:30 pm
At the Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028
1968: Visions of Possibilities, part 4
Directed by labor organizer and New York Times typesetter David Weiss, this film spotlights African American responses to the Vietnam War through street interviews captured during the Spring Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnams April 15, 1967, New York City march. The city-wide protest march, culminating at the United Nations, attracted over half a million participants including Martin Luther King, Jr., Harry Belafonte, Dr. Benjamin Spock, and Kwame Ture (né Stokely Carmichael). Interwoven among the protest footage is an interview with three black veterans, recently returned from Vietnam in 1968.
Filmed by a crew of six (including noted cinematographer and WOODSTOCK director, Michael Wadleigh), the films gritty hand-held street cinematography and intimate veteran testimonials provide a radical perspective on the plight of returning black G.I.s disproportionately sent to fight the war overseas, returning home to a Thank You of continued racial and economic discrimination. The film was produced and distributed by the short-lived Paradigm Films, who were soon to release auteur Jim McBrides first features, DAVID HOLZMANS DIARY and MY GIRLFRIENDS WEDDING.
Preserved through a collaboration between Anthology Film Archives and the Smithsonians National Museum of African American History and Culture, supported by the Robert F. Smith Fund. Special thanks to Cinema Guild, John Binder, Walter Forsberg (NMAAHC), and Chris Hughes & Laura Major (Colorlab). A Cinema Guild release.
1968: Visions of Possibilities: Over the course of the year, Filmforum will present a variety of films reflecting the turbulent global events of 1968, films made in that time, and works reflecting on the long-term effects and disappointments of the activist efforts and violent responses. From the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr and Robert Kennedy to the Democratic Convention and 1968 presidential election in the US, to the strikes in France in May and the Prague Spring and Soviet crushing of it, these films of and on 1968 utilize many voices and techniques to show an era that seemed lost but perhaps now cycles back to our consciousness and actions. Series curated by Adam Hyman
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No Vietnamese Ever Called Me N***r
Directed by David Loeb Weiss
1968, 68 minutes
Outstanding Film Citation, Chicago Film Festival
Best Documentary, Mannheim Film Festival
David Loeb Weiss: https://socialistaction.org/2005/10/03/david-weiss-long-time-trotskyist/
"The strongest statement yet from the black community...a startling cry of rage and despair."--Open City (Los Angeles)
The movies title, itself a potent form of political enlightenment, was taken from the printed placards that the SNCC marchers carried although the sentiment is so closely associated with Muhammad Ali, who refused induction into the Army on April 28, 1967, but never actually said it, that some assumed that Weisss movie was about Ali. Its not but it also packs a wallop.
J. Hoberman review in the NY Times:
This program is supported by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles. We also depend on our members, ticket buyers, and individual donors.
Los Angeles Filmforum is the citys longest-running organization dedicated to weekly screenings of experimental film, documentaries, video art, and experimental animation. 2018 is our 43rd year.
Coming Soon to Los Angeles Filmforum:
July 1 - 1968: "No Vietnamese Ever Called Me N****r"
July 12 - 1968: Actions and Reactions, at MOCA
July 13 - Canyon Cinema 50th Anniversary Tour, at UCLA Film & TV Archive
July 14 - Canyon Cinema 50th Anniversary Tour, at UCLA Film & TV Archive
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