Riding the Tiger - Vietnam War Film


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“A visual and aural triumph! The filmmakers pare the longest war in American history down to its essence, providing a thought-provoking distillation of the conflict.  It should be required viewing in all American history classes."
– Susan Tavernetti, Instructor, Film and Television Dept.,
   De Anza College; Film Critic, Palo Alto Weekly

"The vivid, poignant, and haunting images and narrative in this stunningly edited film serve as an exclamation point to the notion that those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
– Mike Torney, Social Studies Teacher,
    York Community High School, Elmhurst, Illinois
Riding the Tiger
The Hubris and Despair of the Vietnam War
34 minutes  /  16mm  /  color

Riding the Tiger is a haunting and lyrical evocation of the hubris, despair and devastation of the American war in Vietnam.  Archival film -- both gorgeous and chilling -- and footage of a B-52 graveyard are combined with the voices of GIs, Vietnamese villagers, and journalists, which add human counterpoint to the remarkable images onscreen.  Not a treatise, not a polemic, but an artful reminiscence that makes eloquent sense of a dark and troubling time.

Jurors' Choice Award  (First Prize),
Black Maria Film and Video Festival
Gold Special Jury Award
       Houston International Film Festival
Grand Jury Prize, Short Documentary
Florida Film Festival
Documentary Award of Merit
University Film and Video Association Conference
Robert & Margrit Mondavi Film Prize
       Wine Country Film Festival
Best of Festival Tour
One World Film Festival, Prague
Best Documentary
Savannah Film and Video Festival
Nominee for IDA/ABC News Video Source Award
International Documentary Association

BBC British Short Film Festival, London
Mill Valley Film Festival, CA
Semana Internacional de Cine de Valladolid
Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival, New York
Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA
Mostra Internacional de Cinema, São Paulo
International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg
Portland International Film Festival
Cinequest San Jose Film Festival
San Francisco International Asian American        Film Festival
Commonwealth Club of San Francisco
Hawaii International Film Festival
Mostra Curta Cinema, Rio de Janeiro
Stuttgarter Filmwinter
Mikrokino Fest, Belgrade
International Film Festival of Kerala, India
Internationales Dokumentarfilm Festival, Munich
Ann Arbor Film Festival
Doubletake Documentary Film Festival
Festival Internacional Curtas Metragens,
     Vila do Conde, Portugal
Mostra Internazionale del Cortometraggio
      di Montecatini, Italy

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