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The Friendship Village (2001)





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An amazing, inspiring documentary
10 November 2004 | by (Ashland, Oregon) – See all my reviews

Anyone who can view this film and not be moved clearly has no heart--or some other agenda I can't begin to imagine. Far from "well-meaning twaddle," The Friendship Village is an incredibly inspiring film about one man's hellacious experience as a Vietnam vet who then found it within himself to go back and establish a treatment center for victims of Agent Orange ALONG WITH THE VERY VIETNAMESE GENERAL WHO WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEATH OF HIS ENTIRE PLATOON. The film was intended not as, god forbid, a fundraising device, but as a tribute to a man who suffered extraordinary pain due to Agent Orange exposure and nevertheless did a heroic deed: bringing together US vets and Vietnamese children for healing on both sides. (And yeah, the guy, who was almost dead when the film was made, is a bit monotone--believe it or not, this isn't a Hollywood flick, and he's not Ben Affleck. Unlike Affleck, however, this man might just have a soul. Which will be apparent to most viewers of any sensitivity.)

This is a film everyone ought to see, especially the man who gave the orders for our current Iraqi debacle. It shows very clearly how, again and again, we go to war with other countries and completely disregard what the effects will be on the people who live there for generations to come--all in the name of personal fortunes and war profiteering.

See this film. It is an important document of the peace movement, and accomplishes what it set out to do extremely masterfully.

And by the way, I am an independent film critic, entirely unaffiliated with the film or its makers.

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