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Christopher Webb CMCL 392: Media Genres Professor Segal October 2, 2011 Dear America, Who Am I? Bill Couturie's documentary "Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam" (1987), raises questions of “truth” and raises skepticism on the part of the documentary portraying reality. "Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam", was pitted against “an articulation of a point of view”, as outlined and articulated by Jay Ruby, which syndicated the film into a juxtaposed genre. The sincerity of the film seem to be dishonest and not the “truth”, according to the concepts from the Minh-ha readings. The film as a whole didn’t embody enough for it to be deemed sincere, the “truth” nor a documentary. Vertoz was making a point when he said films were beginning to lose it’s originality and artistic mobility due to the profitability of the movie itself. The film started off boasting it’s Hollywood star power in the introductory credits with some well- known and established actors and actresses. The film and its producer seem to have their eyes set on making profit, wondering about the integrity of the film and the actors/actresses definition of originality. The intentions of the film seem to not resonate with the concepts of traditional documentary nor did it seem sincere about the main objective as outlined by Ruby. According to Ruby, what seem to be a clear in the film was that they these stars, were the catalyst to make these soldiers seem like articulate heroes yet it wasn’t sincere. It seemed as though Couturie, was trying to “speak for” Vietnam soldiers, yet with no Vietnam soldiers present, it couldn’t be sincere, making it very subjective.
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This note was uploaded on 10/13/2011 for the course AAAD A407 taught by Professor Professorstansfield during the Fall '11 term at Indiana.

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