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Maya Lin - A Strong Clear Vision (1995)

Maya Lin , Freida Lee Mock  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Maya Lin
  • Directors: Freida Lee Mock
  • Writers: Freida Lee Mock
  • Producers: Freida Lee Mock, Jessica Yu, Terry Sanders
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Docurama
  • DVD Release Date: May 27, 2003
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008PHD1
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,969 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Maya Lin - A Strong Clear Vision" on IMDb

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  • Filmmaker biography

Editorial Reviews

This Academy Award-winning documentary charts the contentious origins of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and chronicles the story of its creator, 21-year-old architecture student Maya Lin, who came up against a mighty opposition comprised of indignant vete
Genre: Documentary
Rating: NR
Release Date: 0000-00-00
Media Type: DVD

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars poetry of the design process May 22, 2004
Format:DVD
This documentary film is a unique experience for which it is difficult to find a comparison. On a basic level, the film discusses several projects of artist/architect Maya Lin, a young Chinese-American woman who unexpectedly won the design competition for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial while a Yale student. Her design, a departure from conventional expectations, is now famous, and is the most visited memorial in Washington D.C. Some of the strong feelings that the Vietnam War elicits in people, especially its veterans, is touched upon in moving live scenes at the Memorial and in the controversial hearings that were held in the wake of the design's selection. The experience put Maya Lin in a national spotlight and forced the student to mature very quickly addressing the grievances of veterans and others. In the end, with some minor site additions, the Memorial stood as designed, with the names of all the soldiers who gave their lives in Vietnam etched in its simple, polished, reflective granite. Other works of Maya Lin, including the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama; the Yale Women's Table; and others demonstrate a similar simplicity and poetry that is both moving and powerful. There are moments in the film, as simple as when the artist is working at her drafting table, that suggest something both beautiful and spiritual, providing a deep insight into the creative process of this noted public artist.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Documentary on an Important Architect June 5, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This videotape is outstanding. Maya Lin was an architecture student at Yale when she won the anonymous competition to design and build the Viet Nam Veteran's Memorial in Washington D.C. The documentary chronicles the controversy over Lin's design and over her as an Asian-American female architect.
The domentary shows Lin facing the challenge of dealing with many angry veterans. The film reveals the racism and sexism that were pervasive in this controversy. Happily, Lin went on to build the memorial. Touching and painful scenes show hundreds of Viet Nam vets visiting the wall.
The film also chronicles other works of Lin including the Civil Rights monument in Alabama and the peace circle at Juniata College in Pennsylvania. This 90 minute documentary takes you into the mind of an intelligent, sensitve artist. I recommend it for high school and college classes dealing with race or gender issues, or any American history class. The film is also excellent viewing for anyone with personal interests in architecture.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FOCUSED VISION September 24, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Few people may know her name but millions hare been deeply moved and healed by her architectural designs. At age twenty-one she came into the spotlight as the one chosen to design the Viet Nam Memorial. Since that time she has blossomed and grown as the up and coming premiere architect in this country.
A Strong Clear Vision is the story of May Lin and her struggles in bringing forth her vision of "The Wall" and her ten year career following her achievement. View this young college graduate as she receives the news of the acceptance of her design only to later get embroiled in political controversy surrounding her work. Hear a few embittered Vets denounce her design and disgrace themselves with their prejudice because she is Asian. As a young adult May Lin showed great poise, dignity and courage in defending her design. Such majurity at a young age is a testament to her strength and focused vision.
Her work moves beyond "The Wall" as we are showed her other works notably the Civil Rights Memorial, the Yale Women's Table and the Juniata Peace Chapel. In the former she makes use of the elements of water and circles to evoke messages of timelessness and participation within the events depicted. In the latter, she incorporates the rich natural architecture of Mother Earth to complement the chapel. May Lin's structures are bold, simplistic and hit at your soul in its deepest core. Through her art one finds healing and peace. The story of this remarkable woman is a testament to our new generation of women reconfiguring the meaning of architecture in our culture.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful film about a real American Hero. November 8, 2004
Format:DVD
This film moved me. Maya Lin is incredibly gifted, articulate, and seems amazingly humble. The Vietnam Memorial, and the hardships of it's creation, show the young woman's strength. It's truely a feat worth the history books. The most striking thing I got out of this film though was the fact that it wasn't a fluke. The rest of her work is just as incredible, even if not as well known. I'm so glad that I saw this film. The DVD is well done, audio is good and the extras, while sparse, are enough. Everyone really should see this film about one of the great artists living in our time.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Evocative!! June 13, 2004
Format:DVD
Maya Lin is a great designer, and this respectful film shows us her well mannered approach to art and architecture. I'll especially note her tactile abilities in her work process, and her perfection and concerns for the built environment in this film. This DVD of Miss Lin is a down to earth inspiration to a self starting person like myself.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A talented at the right place at the right time July 20, 2008
Format:DVD
Ms. Lin is best know, to those of us in the DC area anyway, for the Vietnam War Memorial.

Those of us familiar with that landmark know that hers was one of many--over 1,400--proposals for the memorial. And she, a 21 year old Yale architecture student, won.

That memorial is the beginning of this film/DVD. In fact, I learned a little more about it. I didn't know, for example, that there was some adamant opposition to it. I did know that some Vietnam vets felt it lacked the symbolism on which they insisted. For that reason, the statue of the three troops was added after "The Wall" was completed.

The film also shows some of Ms. Linn's other designs, e.g., the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama and the peace chapel at a college in Pennsylvania.

I appreciated the film because of the references to these other memorials, and also because Ms. Linn was able to describe her artistic reasoning behind all of them. The Vietnam wall, for example, is to allow the living to meet with the dead; the water that covers many of her memorials is to serve a symbolic purpose.

In short, I rather like all her designs. At the same time, if she hadn't been chosen for the Vietnam War Memorial, I don't know that such a film would have been made.

That's not to discredit her work, which, again, is great. And I'm glad the film describes so much about all of her designs that I wouldn't have otherwise known.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It is, of course, a top notch story.
Published 1 month ago by GUS
5.0 out of 5 stars Real life, Female Hero
There are not to many documentaries heralding Great Women, but this was definitely one of them, bought this copy for a white friend with Asian daughters. It was perfect. Read more
Published 4 months ago by BEATRIZ LEE
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing portrait of Maya Lin
The documentary follows the beginning of Maya Lin's career as the architect that designed the Vietnam War memorial and moves on to her methods and more recent projects. Read more
Published 4 months ago by KAC
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply beautiful
One of the most inspiring documentary I have ever seen. There is no better lesson to pass to students than the story of Maya Lin and her ingenuity and perseverance. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Goffredo Puccetti
5.0 out of 5 stars a must see.
this won an oscar for best documentary and it truly deserved it. i saw the movie on PBS and wanted to see it again. if you don't know the story here it is. Read more
Published 11 months ago by mystery nut
4.0 out of 5 stars I like the product
It tells me how passion an Architect needs to be to make reality their ideas. I like how she talks about the Architectural concepts
Published 17 months ago by Luis E Pruneda
3.0 out of 5 stars Other than the Vietnam Memorial, I don't find the rest of her work...
While I don't find the rest of her work nearly as interesting as the Vietnam Memorial, this video provides a lot of insight into her methodology. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Michael K. Julian
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Role Model for Young Women
This is a documentary of an amazing young woman. I saw one of her landscape installations at U Michigan but didn't really know much about her. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Chuck L
5.0 out of 5 stars Maya Lin: Gifted, Courageous, Visionary
Part of the turbulent 1960s, the war in Vietnam was a brutal experience for not only the soliders who fought it, but for American society as a whole. Read more
Published on October 14, 2011 by Gary F. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars maya lin
I discovered this film several years ago in a public library. I am a middle school teacher who is always looking for relevant ideas and concepts to teach my students. Read more
Published on April 20, 2011 by Zora Neal Hurston
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