Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Some Men Are Changed By History... Others Make It

Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry

Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry is a feature length documentary about character and moral leadership during a time of national crisis. Loosely based on the best-selling book Tour of Duty by Douglas Brinkley, Going Upriver examines the story of John Kerry and the key events that made him a national figure and the man he is today. The film places particular emphasis on his bravery during the Vietnam War and his courageous opposition to the war upon his return.

The film traces Kerry’s early life as a young man who chooses to enlist in the Navy and to go to Vietnam. The film reveals intimate, first person accounts of Kerry’s war service through his own private letters, his eloquent journal, and the vivid memories of the men who served at his side. When Kerry came home disillusioned by the war, he and his fellow Vietnam Veterans challenged Congress and the Nixon administration. As Kerry became a nationally known anti-war activist, the Nixon White House plotted to discredit his leadership, but significantly could find “nothing on him,” as Colson reveals via Watergate tapes. Despite Nixon’s attempt to undermine John Kerry’s political career during his 1972 unsuccessful run for US Congress, Kerry persevered, eventually winning election to the Senate and receiving the Democratic nomination for president in 2004.

Going Upriver director George Butler (best known for his highly acclaimed films Pumping Iron, featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger and The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition) first realized Kerry’s importance to his generation and began documenting his journey in photographs in 1969, covering Kerry's leadership of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW), his early political campaigns, as well as intimate moments of his personal life. The film weaves together Butler’s extraordinary photographs with archival film, interviews with Kerry’s closest associates, and more contemporary images of the Senator at home and abroad.

As a Vietnam War hero and anti-war activist, Kerry’s story is at the center of a defining era in American history. More than a biography of John Kerry, Going Upriver is the story of an American generation that came of age in the tumultuous sixties and that has now come to national leadership at the beginning of a new century -- when issues of war and morality once again hold center stage.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

What more can I say?

Please take the time to look for your self and see what he says and how he votes.(and I don't mean the above clip)

11:35 AM  
Blogger Ron Chusid said...

Why would we care about a RNC site? They have repeatedly lied about Kerry's voting record and have repeatedly lied about what Kerry has said, even going to the point of editing video to make it appear Kerry has said things differently from what he said.

5:41 PM  
Blogger Pamela Leavey said...

As a life long Democrat I am well aware how John Kerry votes! I am also well aware of the ridiculous spin that the RNC has put on his votes! Honestly... find somewhere else to drop this dribble.

8:53 PM  
Blogger NC Yellow Dog said...

I went to see this documentary yesterday because I wanted my 22 year old daughter to have a grasp of the history of Vietnam war protests. I was not disappointed!

This film is, without a doubt, the best documentary I've ever seen. It contains a lot of archival combat footage, news footage, interviews with Vietnam vets. John Kerry is only in this film in archival footage. The film is really well put together-someone may win an Oscar for direction.

It covers the Winter Soldier project and shows you film footage of the vets who participated.

If you are 45+, like myself, this film is a very moving trip down memory lane. If you are 45-, it is very instructive about the history of the late 60's-early 70's. Whether or not you are a John Kerry supporter, see this film. You won't be sorry! 5+Stars from this reviewer!

10:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When all I could do as a child was to spit on Vietnam war criminals, John Kerry was old enough and strong enough to bring the spotlight on American war crimes. I hope today he brings to light the ongoing war crimes by Americans in all parts of the world.

4:37 PM  

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