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Prisoners of Hope (Home Use)

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This one-hour documentary is a moving account of the 1995 return of 1,250 former political prisoners to the notorious Robben Island prison in South Africa - led by President Nelson Mandela. This film documents the historically unprecedented moments of a reunion of former prisoners in a newly democratizing South Africa. Interviews with Nelson Mandela, Achmed Kathrada and many others, as the future of this gulag is debated. Directed by Danny Schechter, co-directed by Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple. For the official filmmakers website go to http://www.globalvision.org.

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  • Actors: Narrated by: Gcina Mhlophe
  • Directors: Danny Schechter
  • Writers: Danny Schechter
  • Producers: Anant Singh
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Globalvision
  • DVD Release Date: October 28, 2009
  • Run Time: 59 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002UNMWLA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #659,428 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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should have been longer in order to include more POWs than the few that were presented. (Don't know if any others were available) and more footage of POWs while held prisoner and also showing pilots being led away just after coming down in parachutes. . Should have been more footage of Operation Homecoming. I know there is more footage out there about all these things, so that would have made the program longer and more interesting

I would guess that the POW's presented here were hesitant to talk about certain "touchy" subjects such as:

1) the torture techniques that were used on them (using artist's drawings); might have brought back unpleasant memories.

2) the collaborators among the POWs: who they were and what they exactly did. Although there might be libel/slander suits against whoever accused them. One of the POWs captured/held in S. Vietnam, (I think named Kushner??, a doctor during and after captivity) sued someone for making claims about his actions while captive that couldn't be proven. He won and donated the judgement monies to charity (showing it was the principle of the thing).

3) whether the POWs thought there were any large numbers of of other POWs left behind. Super "touchy" subject; probably because it would blow to pieces that claim of theirs that they "returned with honor". Consider:

a) by their own admission, during captivity the senior ranking officers demanded all POWs toe the line with the Code of Conduct; basically keep faith with other POWs and with the U.S.A at large (this being the honorable thing to do, put the nation's and other POWs' needs ahead of oneself, one-for-all & all-for-one). So far, so good but ......
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"Freedom has a taste to those who fight and almost die that the protected will never know."

God bless our American troops of all the wars! This is a powerful first-hand account by the men, some now infamous in our Country, of taking us thru their YEARS of being captured & held prisoner of war during the Viet Nam War. What a cost of freedom they paid for all of us! But the message of how their FAITH brought them thru the horrendous torture & filthy conditions to finally come back to American soil. Then they each gave back again in their days to follow in their homeland. God bless our American troops of all the wars!

"Freedom has a taste to those who fight and almost die that the protected will never know."
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This is a timeless work. Anyone with an interest in character, integrity and the sadnees of war would greatly benefit form theses amazing stories of Viet Nam prosiners of war--most for mre than 5 years!
It captivated me.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Margie Ussery on October 30, 2002
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This was a wonderful movie that every person, especially American's should see. It brings home to those of us who have never gone to war, or fought an enemy on foreign ground face to face, the reality of what it cost to be in America and be free. Out of honor to those who pay the price it takes to keep us free each person should watch this movie, and vow to never forget, those who have fought to see to it, that we, never taste of a life, were one is "Not free."
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