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Erase and Forget

James Gordon ‘Bo’ Gritz is a former officer of the United States Army Special Forces. He is also one of the highest decorated Vietnam veterans in the USA. Here is a man who has inspired such screen characters as Rambo and John ‘Hannibal’ Smith from the action series ‘The A-Team’. His controversial intention to track down American prisoners of war in Southeast Asia was financially supported by Clint Eastwood and William Shatner among others. His disclosure of the US government’s involvement in the Southeast Asian drug trade made him an opponent of Washington’s elite. An anti-Gulf War activist, he also contested the 1992 presidential elections. He created a US civilian paramilitary training programme and founded in Idaho a controversial patriotic-Christian commune. Bo estimates that he killed approximately 400 people during his operations. Andrea Luka Zimmerman spent more than ten years following this contradictory personality. The resulting film is a mixture of compelling re-enactment, interviews and impressive visual material. Her documentary explores how power structures, militarism and structural violence have affected both the veteran himself as well as politics in the United States.

by
Andrea Luka Zimmerman

Great Britain 2017

English

Documentary form
90 min · Colour & Black/White

Crew

Director
Andrea Luka Zimmerman
Screenplay
Taina Galis, Andrea Luka Zimmerman
Director of Photography
Andrea Luka Zimmerman, Taina Galis
Editor
Taina Galis
Music
Adam Paroussos
Sound Design
Serin Kucuk
Executive Producer
Gareth Evans
Producers
Andrea Luka Zimmermann, Ameenah Ayub Allen

Biography

Andrea Luka Zimmerman

Born in Munich, Germany in 1969, she currently lives in London. An artist and filmmaker who studied for a PhD at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, her work explores themes of political resistance, globalisation, the distribution of power and denied histories. She is a co-founder of the Fugitive Images artist collective. Her documentary Estate, a Reverie was nominated for a Grierson Award for Best Newcomer and Zimmerman for Film London's Jarman Award, amongst other prizes.

Filmography

2003 The Delmarva Chicken of Tomorrow; short film 2005 The Last Biscuit; short film 2010 The Ramp; short documentary 2012 Towards Estate; short film 2013 Taskafa, Stories from the Street; documentary 2015 Estate, a Reverie; documentary 2017 Erase and Forget; documentary

Produced by

Fugitive Images
London, Great Britain

Bright Wire Films
London, Great Britain
+44 798 4203938

Dates

  • 110274
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    Sat Feb 11 20:00
    CineStar 7
  • 120272
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    Sun Feb 12 14:30
    CineStar 7
  • 131552
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    Mon Feb 13 22:00
    Zoo Palast 2
  • 170333
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    Fri Feb 17 17:00
    International

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