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Regret to Inform (1998)

Not Rated | | Documentary, War | 1998 (USA)
In this film made over ten years, filmmaker Barbara Sonneborn goes on a pilgrimage to the Vietnamese countryside where her husband was killed. She and translator (and fellow war widow) Xuan... See full summary »

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In this film made over ten years, filmmaker Barbara Sonneborn goes on a pilgrimage to the Vietnamese countryside where her husband was killed. She and translator (and fellow war widow) Xuan Ngoc Nguyen explore the meaning of war and loss on a human level. The film weaves interviews with Vietnamese and American widows into a vivid testament to the legacy of war. Written by Fiona Kelleghan <fkelleghan@aol.com>

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Kondolencje z frontu  »

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$6,294 (USA) (25 June 1999)

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$22,627 (USA) (23 July 1999)
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For all who have suffered from war, For all the lives lost... "They say: Our deaths are not ours: They are yours; They will mean what you make them." See more »

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River Study
Written by D.A. Sonneborn
Performed by D.A. Sonneborn
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Great film, showing a different view of the Vietnam war.
29 May 2000 | by (central usa) – See all my reviews

We ran this film at the "Normal" theater, for the Illinois Wesleyan May term series. The director, Barbara Sonneborn, introduced the film, and was on hand after for questions.

Our audience was mixed with college students and adults. I am sure the students saw it has history, but the adults had lived this as history. I was one of the adults. Not until this film, did I see the Vietnam war, as more than just a page of history that I missed.

During the showing, all you could hear besides the film, was the muffled sound of the projector. After the film, there were 200 plus people on their feet to applaud Barbara.


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