For the Record


In the face of a 24-hour news cycle rife with punditry and accusations of fakery, the subjects of truth and evidence remain more vital and contested than ever. Motivated by a curiosity about how and when images are accepted as fact, “For the Record” presents a combination of new and classic documentary films that explore and interrogate cinematic realism. Each screening is followed by a post-screening conversation or panel exploring the themes introduced by the documentaries.

Special thanks to our series sponsor:
Susan Thorpe and John Baynes


Dec 06

Hearts and Minds

A part of our For the Record series.

A conversation moderated by Kent Germany, Associate Professor of History at USC follows the screening.

Director: Peter Davis

Continue the public conversation about the Vietnam War with a special screening of the groundbreaking, Oscar-winner Hearts and Minds.

A film of tremendous historical and cultural resonance. Released in the midst of the Vietnam War, the Nixon presidency, and eleven months before the Fall of Saigon, Hearts and Minds was praised by the New York Times in 1975 as "extraordinary" and "the true film for America's bicentennial." Combining combat footage, Hollywood film clips, and interviews with key figures including General William Westmoreland, Davis' film reimagined the terms of political documentary prompting Michael Moore to hail it as the "definitive" account of the war.

Kent Germany is Associate Professor of History at the University of South Carolina.  He is an expert in American history of the 20th century with a particular emphasis on the post-World War II period, poverty, civil rights, and citizenship. He has completed several book-length projects on the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson:  New Orleans After the Promises: Poverty, Citizenship, and the Search for the Great Society (University of Georgia Press, February 2007), and multiple volumes in the presidential recordings collection including The Kennedy Assassination and the Transfer of Power: The Presidential Recordings: Lyndon B. Johnson and Toward the Great Society: The Presidential Recordings.

Special thanks to our series sponsor:
Susan Thorpe and John Baynes