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No Vietnamese Ever Called Me Nigger (1968)

Filmed at an anti-war march from Harlem to the United Nations in 1967 on the occasion of Martin Luther King's speech at the U.N in which he questioned the disproportionate percentage of ... See full summary »

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David Loeb Weiss (as David L. Weiss)
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Filmed at an anti-war march from Harlem to the United Nations in 1967 on the occasion of Martin Luther King's speech at the U.N in which he questioned the disproportionate percentage of black soldiers in combat in Vietnam. The title is a quote misattributed to Mohammed Ali on why he refused to serve in the war. Four hundred thousand people participated in demonstrations ion New York on that day. On-street interviews with black residents of Harlem are interlaced with the comments of three black soldiers who had recently returned from the war. Written by John Binder

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Classic '60s Documentary

A nearly perfect example of '60s cinema verite documentary filmmaking, No Vietnamese Ever Called Me N****r (1968), is a startling snapshot of the traumatic effect of the Vietnam war on Black Americans and the country in general. Director David Loeb Weiss intercuts an interview with three veterans filmed on May Day, 1968, with interviews filmed earlier at the April 15, 1967 anti-war March through the streets of Harlem, and the rage, frustration, and angst about the war sear their way through the screen offering a time machine-like portal into the era. Fascinating at every level, this is the sort of film that blurs the line between documentary and activism, not surprising since Weiss had a long career among the masses. Less well known than his later film, Farewell, Etaoin Shrdlu (about the end of typesetting at the New York Times, Weiss' employer at the time), this one is well worth tracking down.


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