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hearts and minds [youtube]

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this is a screengrab taken from the documentary 'hearts and minds'.

 

directed by peter davis in 1974, the film focuses on the vietnam war and the devastating effect it had on all participants [and innocent civilians].

 

this film remains one of the most compelling and powerful war documentaries ever made.

 

this picture is one of a series of photographs showing political prisoners and victims of torture in south vietnamese jails.

 

if you have any interest whatsoever in [serious] war documentary, i urge you to watch 'hearts and minds'.

 

the youtube version is here:

 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tubpB0SJ2E

 

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quotes from the documentary:

   

'they said if we were innocent, they would beat us until we were guilty.

 

and if we were guilty, they would beat us until we repent.'

 

nguyen thi sau [political prisoner of the south vietnamese police]

 

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'well the oriental doesn't put the same high price on life as a westerner.

 

life is plentiful, life is cheap in the orient.

 

and as the philosophy of the orient expresses it, life is not important.'.

 

general william westmoreland [american forces commander in vietnam]

 

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interviewer - 'do you think we have learned anything from all this?'

 

randy floyd [american pilot] - 'i think we are trying not to.'

 

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for me, this is a 'must watch' example of superb documentary film making.

 

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Taken on May 23, 2011