The General & Me AND A Land For War

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The General and Me

“The General and Me” is one woman’s life search to understand the war that divided both her countries. Tiana Alexandra-Silliphant went back to her homeland and found forgiveness in a formidable former enemy, General Vo Nguyen Giap, her dad’s history teacher who made history.

Executive produced by Christopher Hampton, Produced by Stirling Silliphant, Music by Philip Glass

with General Vo Nguyen Giap, Stirling Silliphant, Bruce Lee, me, my parents, Robert Strange McNamara, General Wm Westmoreland, Tim Page

& The Other (the Vietnamese). Cameos: Bruce Lee, Peter Arnett, Mia Farrow, Soon Yi Previn

Running time: 93 mns. 30 years in the making to understand the wars that divide both her countries, a very personal film of one woman’s search for healing & reconciliation.

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Nothing better than some of the worlds best popcorn and two very powerful films, both about the same subject from opposite perspectives: The Vietnam War. The General & Me is a candid, personal portrait of one of the 20th centuries most important and little understood military figures: The North’s General Vo Nguyen Giap. Produced and Directed by Tiana Alexandra-Silliphant. And A Land For War: a film by the Peninsula’s own Enid Baxter Ryce, documenting the people, lands and the ruins of the historic Fort Ord. Join both filmmakers for what will undoubtedly be an interesting post show Q&A.

A Land For War:

Artist Enid Baxter Ryce has been documenting the lands and the ruins of the historic Fort Ord decommissioned military base where, for over a decade, she has lived and worked. A Land for War weaves together hundreds of long-hidden murals painted by former soldiers stationed at the base, archival training footage from the Vietnam War era (when Fort Ord was active), wind-swept landscapes from one of the last stretches of California coastal wilderness, and portraits of homeless veterans occupying the land today. This nearly silent and hauntingly poetic documentary portrays the impact of the military on the land and the people.
A Land for War premiered at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. with an accompanying exhibition at the Library of Congress in March, 2017. Directed by Enid Baxter Ryce. Joanne Storkan, Mike Plante, Chris Carpenter, Producers. Cinematographer by Zane Adamo. Original score by Lanier Sammons.

Praise for The General & Me

Tiana’s exclusive conversations with one of the key military figures of the 20th century (not to mention her confrontations with Robert McNamara and William Westmoreland) make this a pretty important historical document. Christopher Hampton

Quite extraordinary from a completely different perspective. General Giap is completely mesmerizing. Very emotional, deeply touching. You really do have some amazing footage in there. David Cronenberg

30 yrs in the making. Bold & Brave, the BOYHOOD of documentaries. Daniel Kehlmann

TOLSTOY! War & Peace! Watch Tiana’s film, her amazing topic turned into Kryptonite! Jerry Wishnow

THE GENERAL & ME is an important subject, and so rarely seen from a Vietnamese-American perspective. The film’s message is timely, and will go on to a lot of success. Cameron BaileyArtistic DirectorToronto International Film Festival

5 Stars by Truls Lie Modern Review Times Berlin/Oslo

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