In the Year of the Pigs Film Review

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Ahmed Bendary
The Vietnam War
Professor Friedman
18 February 2013
“In the Year of the Pig” is an Emile de Antonio documentary made in 1968 that critiques American involvement in, at the time, the current Vietnam War. Because this film was made during the war, it tries to bring to the attention of its viewers many issues of the ongoing war that are not mainstream at the time. It addresses Americans and the American government in an awakening tone stating that the American military must leave Vietnam immediately. Antiwar sentiments and peace are the themes echoed in the film done in the fashion of displaying the monstrosities of war and violence. Some even might go to the extent of saying that the film challenges the stigmas that surround communism in the eastern hemisphere. It comes off as far left as it censures the U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia and illustrates the United States as a weakened monstrous superpower that will eventually come to its demise. The film uses many interviews of diplomats, FBI agents, journalists, and soldiers and their interpretations which serve as first hand encounters to give Americans a real sense of genuineness to the war. Correspondents talk about the many different dynamics of the war as they relive their experiences once again through their stories. Emile de Antonio meshes this together with military and civilian footage of the day to day pertaining to the war which illuminates the sad truth about the brutality of war. De Antonio uses this to his advantage to get the viewer to sympathize with the Vietnamese people and later to display the American force as unjust. The documentary repeatedly depicts war as horrific and to bring this message home to the viewers, de Antonio pageants gruesome images of Vietnamese being burned and mutilated. These strategies appeal to the human emotion and trigger a sense of guilt by association. This sense of attachment formed by sympathy from the viewer is utilized by the director as a...
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