Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.
USA, 1998. Sun Fountain Productions. Screenplay by Barbara Sonneborn. Cinematography by Emiko Omori, Daniel Reeves, Nancy Schiesari. Produced by Barbara Sonneborn. Music by Todd Boekelheide. Film Editing by Lucy Massie Phenix, Ken Schneider.
Twenty-five years after she lost her husband in the Vietnam war, Barbara Sonneborn decides to make a voyage to southeast Asia to finally make peace with the loss of her high-school sweetheart and document the experience on film. She relates her memories of her husband, including a tape he made shortly before his death that she never listened to until this brilliant documentary was made, plus interviews war widows both American and Vietnamese who talk about their personal losses. The stories told by all the women in this film are unforgettable, making it one of the most powerful anti-war films ever made. Sonneborn keeps everything intimate and personal, and by doing so manages to encompass an entire world of sorrow and hope with her film.
Academy Award Nomination: Best Documentary Feature