Bulletin N° 690
Subject: Invitation to the Grenoble campus screening of “Hearts and Minds” on Friday, April 1.
23 March 2016
Dear Colleagues and Friends of CEIMSA,
We are pleased to invite you to the Grenoble University campus screening of Peter Davis’ award-winning documentary of the causes and consequences of the War in Vietnam. This film will be shown on Friday, 1 April, at 3:30 p.m.
For more information please see the announcement below.
Professor of American Studies
University of Grenoble-3
Director of Research
University of Paris-Nanterre
Center for the Advanced Study of American Institutions and Social Movements
The University of California-San Diego
Hearts and Minds
Directed by Peter Davis
Friday, 1 April
La Grande Salle des Colloques
The Vietnam War is considered to be a watershed in the contemporary history of the United States. The growing anti-war movement, allied at the time with many other liberation movements in North America, produced its opposite --a counter-revolutionary movement of historical importance. This documentary, Hearts and Minds, reveals the internal tensions during the Vietnam War in the United States, and exposes some of the contradictions that are at the origins of US policy today –both domestic and foreign—where neo-liberal ideology has taken control of state institutions and corporate management.
This film has attracted extensive critical attention, almost all of it either glowingly positive or damningly negative, but rarely anything in between, with reviewers tending to treat it either as a masterpiece in political documentary film making or as a hatchet job anti-Vietnam War propaganda film, one that has received "passionately opposing views".
Vietnam War films from the 1960s to the 1970s reflected deep divisions at home over the war. Some reflected pro-war sentiments and vilified anti-war protesters, while others stood at the opposite end and criticized government officials and policies. "Hearts and Minds" was one of the first of the latter to have been produced and released before the war's end in 1975.
For more discussion of the counter-revolutionary movement in the US beginning in the last quarter of the 20th Century, see Jane Mayer's discussion her new book, Dark Money at :