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10 November 1995 (USA) See more »
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A film about the work of the artist most famous for her monuments such as the Vietnam Memorial Wall and the Civil Rights Fountain Memorial. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 1 nomination See more »
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Very Good Documentary See more (8 total) »

Cast

 
Maya Lin ... Herself

Directed by
Freida Lee Mock 
 
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Freida Lee Mock 

Produced by
Freida Lee Mock .... producer
Terry Sanders .... producer
Jessica Yu .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Charles Bernstein 
 
Cinematography by
Don Lenzer 
Ed Marritz 
 
Film Editing by
William T. Cartwright 
 
Sound Department
Rick Ash .... sound mixer
Paul Berolzheimer .... sound editor
Judy Carp .... production sound
Stephen Hunter Flick .... sound effects
Allen Hurd .... sound recordist
Robyn Hutman .... production sound
Geoffrey G. Rubay .... sound editor
Marvin Walowitz .... sound editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Sam Henriques .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
William T. Cartwright Jr. .... additional editor
 
Music Department
William T. Cartwright Jr. .... music editor
 

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Featured in The 67th Annual Academy Awards (1995) (TV)See more »

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Very Good Documentary, 12 May 2012
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision (1994)

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Good documentary on architect Maya Lin who at the age of twenty had her work selected to become the Vietnam Memorial. Throughout the documentary we see her original concept and the controversy that followed because many vets thought it was going to be an insult to them and there were many people who objected because of her Asian race. Years later we see the work in progress of the Civil Rights memorial where we watch Lin as she tries to come up with a new design and make sure her vision gets across. MAYA LIN: A STRONG CLEAR VISION won the Best Documentary Oscar and while it's not a masterpiece it's at least very entertaining and it really gives one a great look at all the issues that went into the Vietnam memorial. I thought the documentary really did a very good job at showing the entire process that went from selecting the person to do the memorial and then we get into the controversy that followed. I liked the fact that the documentary didn't just show the good stuff but instead showed the controversial aspects of the work and call out some of the people who said some questionable things about the creator not because of a lack of talent but because she was a woman, young and Asian. Through archival footage we get to see a lot of this back and forth heat and it really makes you see how questionable a lot of it was. The Civil Rights stuff doesn't take up too much time but it's respectfully done and it's nice having Lin talk about the creation. We also get a brief bio on Lin, which gives some good information. With all of that said, the strongest moment of the film happens when we get to see various Vietnam vets reactions to the monument.

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