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26 November 2017: Erase and Forget


Erase and Forget
Andrea Luka Zimmerman
2017 | 88 min | Colour | DCP
Followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker

“An excavation of the influence of fiction on truth in the American imagination of warfare and gun culture. "Bo" Gritz is one of the most decorated Vietnam vets. He inspired the character of Sylvester Stallone’s John Rambo. But when disenchantment set in at covert methods of suppression, he turns whistle-blower to high level collusion and corruption in the US Government, making him an official outcast. Zimmerman’s patiently convivial but uncompromising style gets under the skin of this public figure who remains emblematic of his homeland. He personifies the US’s relationship with its enemies and with itself, supporting gun carrying and anti-government conspiracy theories while performing his own role as an action hero for the people. Using newly discovered archive footage and extensive interviews, the film uncovers how America’s own cultural mythmaking invades its collective psyche to the extent that movies and games come to mean more than reality.” – Helen de Witt