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The ghost of My Lai by Crepu, Jean

On March 16, 1968, during the Vietnam War , a group of American soldiers committed a massacre in the Vietnamese village of My Lai. Men, women, children and the elderly were shot in cold blood. The My Lai massacre was a turning point in the Vietnam War. In The Ghosts of My Lai, Vietnamese survivors and American veterans tell their stories. A total of 504 Vietnamese civilians perished at the hands of the soldiers.

Historic Interest
Initially, My Lai was seen as a success, because it was believed that the villagers were not innocent civilians, but members of the Vietcong. Despite later attempts at a cover-up, the incident was finally brought to light by the soldiers themselves, resulting in the conviction of the most significant of the group. The documentary does not answer the question of how the massacre was allowed to take place. One of the veterans offers the explanation that the troops were under considerable stress and were under the command of an incompetent lieutenant.

Social Interest
The interviews show how traumatic the event was for the 11 My Lai survivors, who saw friends and family shot dead before their eyes. The veterans involved in the massacre still suffer the psychological consequences of their actions today.

Crepu, Jean
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Java Films SARL
52 min.
Year of release

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