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ERASE AND FORGET + Director Q&A

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  • Sun 11 Mar
  • 88 minutes
  • Director: Andrea Luka Zimmerman
  • Cast: Bo Gritz, Ted Kotcheff, Gagik
  • UK (2017)

Synopsis

This major new investigative documentary explores and exposes the decades of militarism, gun culture, toxic masculinity and social unrest that led to the age of Trump.


Using never before seen archive footage of covert US operations, and interviews filmed over a ten year period, ERASE AND FORGET charts the extraordinary life and times of Bo Gritz, one of America's highest decorated veterans and the 'inspiration' for Rambo and Brando's Colonel Kurtz in APOCALYPSE NOW.



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, the internationally acclaimed director of ESTATE, A REVERIE and TASKAFA, STORIES OF THE STREET 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.


We are delighted to welcome filmmaker and artist Andrea Luka Zimmerman for a post-screening discussion.