One of the most startling images in David Zeiger's Sir! No Sir!, a documentary about the G.I. anti-war movement during the Viet Nam era that Filmmaker selected as one of its "Best Films Not Playing in a Theater Near You" this year, is that of Jane Fonda. Sitting regally in the amber-hued foyer of her luxurious home, coiffed to perfection and expertly lit, Fonda's sheer visual splendor is surprising within the context of the film -- most of the film's other interviewees still visibly bear the painful hurts of the period -- as well as within today's entertainment world. With so many stars either apolitical or calculatingly distant from the activism of their youth, it's amazing to see Fonda so animated and proud when discussing her anti-war activism.
Fonda discusses the film along with two others in this Guardian piece entitled "Terror and Trauma."
From the piece:
"The Bush administration's failure to pull themselves out of their current military quagmire has apparently sparked renewed interest in the films that documented the conflict in Vietnam. Hearts and Minds - arguably one of the greatest documentaries ever made, composed largely of interviews with US soldiers and Vietnamese citizens - has been re-released in the UK after revisiting screens in the States. Likewise, Winter Soldier (1972) has hit US cinemas again after more than 30 years. Based on the three-day gathering of war veterans in 1971 that I helped fund, it was a film intended to document American war crimes in the conflict. A third film, Sir! No Sir!, details how GIs were converted to leading members of the peace movement and has recently won plaudits at several film festivals."