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Vietnam: American Holocaust (2008)

Martin Sheen , Clay Claiborne  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Martin Sheen
  • Directors: Clay Claiborne
  • Format: NTSC, Color, Full length
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Linux Beach Productions
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001O287YO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,352 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Narrated by Martin Sheen. A documentary by Clay Claiborne. 87 minutes.

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Plot Summary May 11, 2011
By Clay
Vietnam: American Holocaust opens in the present day at the Veterans for Peace Arlington West Memorial to the fallen US soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan in Santa Monica. Here the strong connection between our current wars and the war in Vietnam is first made. The question of what makes a holocaust is also raised. Then the scene shifts to the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. and while the narration continues it is revealed that the youngest US soldier to die in Vietnam was a Black Marine age 15.

A clip of Vietnam era Defense Secretary Robert McNamara in Hanoi in 1995 shows him saying that 3.4 million Vietnamese were killed during the war. Futher news clips from the time reveal some of the horrors of that war and show that news commentators referred to it as a holocaust at the time.

This is followed by a brief history of the 19th century French conquest of Indochina and the Vietnamese liberation struggle from 1945 through the defeat of the French in 1954. This is done with archival footage, much of it very rare, and Martin Sheen's excellent narration and the voices of the principals on both sides of the conflict. Since the focus of the documentary is the American War in Vietnam the pace slows as more details are given about this part of the history.

The reasons for opposing the Vietnamese independence struggle are given by President Eisenhower in a clip from one of his speeches. Then the young Ho Chi Minh is introduced, with special attention to his time in Harlem, NY and his relationship with Marcus Garvey. Again very old and rare footage is used to illustrate these years while Mr. Sheen describes the crucial events.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must see to learn about the American War Machine September 18, 2010
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This documentary is about the Vietnam War.

The title says it all.

The documentary includes first person testimony by U.S. Vietnam veterans who actively conducted the war, Vietnamese civilians who experienced the war, and various political figures and news commentators from the period.

It is an accurate and objective testimony to the falsehoods used by U.S. leaders to create war and the atrocities committed by U.S. personnel as a matter of "standard operating procedure".

I strongly recommend this to any one who is a Republican who supports the U.S. war machine. Learn more about the consequences of your beliefs.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vietnam: American Holocaust April 10, 2011
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Having spent nine months in Vietnam researching aspects of the war,I am thoroughly impressed with the honesty and accuracy of this documentary. The Zippo village patrol system saw villages burnt to the ground on a whim, and Holocaust shows that. The sheer barbarity of the Free Fire Zones, the brutal interrogation of prisoners or suspects, the murderous Phoenix program and corruption in the South are only a few issues covered. If you buy one DVD of the Vietnam War, make it this one. If you can afford two, add The Most Dangerous Man in America. Bravo, Mr Claiborne
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Truth about Vietnam May 10, 2014
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Excellent book. Over 240,000 children died in this holocaust if Robert McNamara's
figures are correct The truth took over forty years to come out, but it did.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vietnam... March 13, 2013
VIETNAM: AMERICAN HOLOCAUST is one of the best DVD documentaries when it comes to Vietnam War. History of the country of Vietnam politically and what US did inside Vietnam. Nick Turse wrote a book, Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam after piling facts for ten years, which is exactly what happened in Vietnam. That is not the America that you think you know. Disturbing, disgusting and unbelievable. Bravo.
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