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Maya Lin - A Strong Clear Vision
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Release Date: 0000-00-00
Media Type: DVD
- Filmmaker biography
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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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 morePublished 20 months ago by BEATRIZ LEE
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 morePublished 20 months ago by KAC
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 morePublished 23 months ago by Goffredo Puccetti
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 morePublished on December 1, 2013 by mystery nut
It tells me how passion an Architect needs to be to make reality their ideas. I like how she talks about the Architectural conceptsPublished on May 29, 2013 by Luis E Pruneda
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 morePublished on January 1, 2013 by Michael K. Julian
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 morePublished on November 1, 2012 by Chuck L