One critic has called the 1967 French documentary Far From Vietnam possibly “the most eloquent and rankling protest film ever made.” The film, which had never been released on video in this country, played in a few theaters last summer and now is available on DVD from Icarus Films .
The doc—Loin du Vietnam in French—is a pastiche of cinematic antiwar vignettes from a passel of top (left wing) French directors: Joris Ivens, William Klein, Claude Lelouch, Agnes Varda, Jean-Luc Godard, Chris Marker, and Alain Resnais. It’s mostly in French with English subtitles.
There’s nothing subtle about the message that this early antiwar film’s segments convey. We see, for example, footage of angry, jacket-and-tie clad American young men chanting “Bomb Hanoi” followed by shots of innocent Vietnamese old men, women, and children running from American bombs, along with disturbing images of the wounded and disfigured.
The filmmakers dedicate the film to the “Vietnamese people in their struggle against [American] aggression.” You can see a trailer on YouTube .