3/16/23: Virtual Talks with Video Activists: “Notes and Images from the Viet Nam War”

A screening/discussion of "For Teachers and Students–Notes and Images from the Viet Nam War" with filmmaker Jill Godmilow, moderated by Ricky Herbst.

A full replay of the March 16 event.

Join us for a screening and discussion of Jill Godmilow’s 45-minute film For Teachers and Students–Notes and Images from the Viet Nam War.

Since her Oscar-nominated feature Antonia: A Portrait of the Woman was released in 1974, Godmilow has been at the forefront of non-fiction film and video in the United States, producing a relentlessly inventive, hugely varied range of works, each of which finds news ways of communicating, and interrogating, historical truths – entries in which Godmilow dubs a “postrealist” cinema. Created as a response to Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s The Vietnam War, Notes and Images from the Viet Nam War provides an alternative to (and critique of) the PBS series’ ideological and historical assumptions, as well as its 17-hour runtime. Godmilow’s compact video, by contrast, is an enormously powerful burst of history and analysis, a clear-eyed account of an unjust war that always places humans and humanity front and center. The video is absorbing and urgent enough to compel any viewer, but it was explicitly designed to be used by high school teachers and students – 45 minutes, perfect for a a single class meeting.

Godmilow’s focus is not on political pronouncements or military strategy but on the human cost of the war to both sides. Everyone had a plan, everyone had a goal, everyone rationalized their actions, but in the thick of all this, the horrendous cost of a pointless war relentlessly accumulated. Godmilow makes this painfully obvious with her superbly orchestrated montage of visual evidence and verbal judgment.”

Bill Nichols, Cineaste Magazine


About Jill Godmilow

Jill Godmilow is professor emerita in the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre at the University of Notre Dame. Her acclaimed films include the Academy Award–nominated Antonia: A Portrait of the Woman (1974); Waiting for the Moon (1987), which won best feature film at the Sundance Film Festival; and What Farocki Taught, which was featured at the 2000 Whitney Biennial. In 2015, she was knighted by President Komorowski of Poland and awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland for her film Far From Poland. She is the author of Kill the Documentary: A Letter to Filmmakers, Students, and Scholars (Columbia University Press).

About Ricky Herbst

Ricky Herbst is the Cinema Program Manager of the University of Notre Dame’s Browning Cinema, where he curates its year-round screenings, exhibitions, and film festivals. He has a background in film and non-profit arts, but also in law and criminology, holding an M. Phil in Criminological Research from the University of Cambridge and a J.D. from Yale Law in addition to a B.A. in Psychology and in Film, Television, and Theatre from Notre Dame.

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