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Our Teach-In series uses film to create awareness about significant contemporary issues and provoke dialogue and discussion. They are held twice a month and are free-of-charge, although a donation will be requested.

January 22, 2018

What really happened in Vietnam?

Winter Soldier with Mark Bradley

Film still: Winter Soldier


"Deeply upsetting...this remains essential viewing"
  —Chicago Reader
"It is fitting that one of the screen's strongest antiwar tracts arrived at the beginning of a nation's most self-inquiring decade, when the medium could be seen as capable of inciting change"
  —Slant Magazine

This explosive documentary, made by the Winterfilm Collective (members included Barbara Kopple and David Grubin), chronicles the Winter Soldier Investigation through testimonies of soldiers who participated or witnessed atrocities in Vietnam. Ignored by all the major television networks when it was completed, the film remains powerful testimony that resonates beyond the war in Vietnam to all present wars. Re-released in 2005, the Washington Post called it "a riveting example of pure filmic storytelling...the eloquent, unforgettable tale of profound moral reckoning."

Produced by the Winterfilm Collective, USA, 1972, 96 mins.

Mark Bradley, Ph.D., is the author of Imagining Vietnam and America: The Making of Postcolonial Vietnam, Vietnam at War and The World Reimagined: Americans and Human Rights in the Twentieth Century, and is the Bernadotte E. Schmitt Distinguished Service Professor of International History at the University of Chicago.


  • Monday, Jan. 22 at 6:30 pm

FREE admission!
Donations are requested.


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