The Trials of Henry Kissinger
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A critical look at the United States' foreign policy in the early '70s. The film focuses on the role Henry Kissinger played as Secretary of State.
Even as it preaches to those who will relish its witch-hunting zeal, The Trials of Henry Kissinger makes a potent assertion that the legendary diplomat and former Secretary of State is guilty of crimes against humanity. Produced for the BBC, seductively narrated by actor Brian Cox, and based on the scathing book by Christopher Hitchens (a Kissinger-bashing journalist featured heavily here in talking-head interviews), this film is clearly biased against its target, but there's ample documentation to support its claims that Kissinger prolonged the Vietnam war and orchestrated the illegal and indiscriminate bombing of Cambodia; supervised the 1973 coup against democratically elected Chilean president Allende; and played a role in U.S.-backed atrocities in East Timor. Expert interviews on both sides of the political fence (but mostly damning Kissinger) make this a compelling, information-packed example of situational ethics in action; additional viewings simultaneously deepen the film's conviction and reveal the weakness of its one-sided embrace of Hitchens. Either way, this is essential viewing for anyone interested in the labyrinthine machinations of international power. --Jeff Shannon
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I will say that this film does effectively document who stupid and wrong headed the policies of this self described "Secret Swinger" is. He was just wrong about a lot of things - probably most things. It confirms my decision to stop listening to him a LONG time ago.
political science teachers when I was a college aged student.
This was one of those cognitive dissonance things because
Henry Kissingers was one of the primary executors of the
Viet Nam War under Richard Nixon. That war was one of the
lowest points in modern US history.
The case is made well by among others, the brilliant - at
least occasionally, Christopher Hitchens, that Henry Kissinger
is a war criminal and should have been tried right alongside
the likes of Augusto Pinochet as one of the major human rights
abusers of the 20th century.
I agree with this documentary, but even if you do not this documentary
is full of information that Americans should know about late
20th century American politics and politicians.
Excellent ... 10/10
It was very informative.
They had lots of photos/video from the events they were narrating which helped give a sense of immersion.
It is not an add, they don't paint a pretty picture of the man, if you happen to think differently of him.
I do recommend watching it for anyone who likes history or wants to know more about the Vietnam war, or U.S. politics.