Directed by labor organizer and New York Times typesetter David Weiss, this film spotlights African American responses to the Vietnam War through street interviews captured during the Spring Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam’s April 15, 1967, New York City march. The city-wide protest march, culminating at the United Nations, attracted over half a million participants including Martin Luther King, Jr., Harry Belafonte, Dr. Benjamin Spock, and Kwame Ture (né Stokely Carmichael). Interwoven among the protest footage is an interview with three black veterans, recently returned from Vietnam.
Filmed by a crew of six (including noted cinematographer and Woodstock director, Michael Wadleigh), the film's gritty hand-held street cinematography and intimate veteran testimonials provide a radical perspective on the plight of returning black G.I.s – disproportionately sent to fight the war overseas, returning home to a “thank you” of continued racial and economic discrimination. The film was produced and distributed by the short-lived Paradigm Films, who were soon to release auteur Jim McBride’s first features, David Holzman's Diary and My Girlfriend's Wedding. – Walter Forsberg and John Klacsmann
No Vietnamese Ever Called Me Nigger
Directed by David Loeb Weiss.
1968, 68 min, 16mm, b&w. Preserved through a collaboration between Anthology Film Archives and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, supported by the Robert F. Smith Fund. Special thanks to Cinema Guild, John Binder, Walter Forsberg (NMAAHC), and Chris Hughes & Laura Major (Colorlab). A Cinema Guild release.
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