In 1971, two years after Richard Nixon promised to end the Vietnam War, American troops were still fighting and American warplanes were still bombing North Vietnam.
Into that mix came The FTA (“Free the Army” or “F*** the Army”) Show, a caustic, electrifying, sharply antiwar comedy review led by Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland. FTA, Francine Parker’s powerful documentary of the tour, opened in U.S. theaters in 1972, as the Nixon administration was still escalating the war and fighting for its political life — and against its political enemies — at home. After only one week, the film mysteriously disappeared, never to be seen again.
Until now. Perfect timing.
Holly Near, one of the stars of the original FTA cast, will be joined by IPS Fellow Phyllis Bennis to answer questions and talk about the parallels between the GI resistance movement of the Vietnam era, and the antiwar and military resistance movements of Iraq and Afghanistan today.
This showing of FTA will be a fundraiser for United for Peace & Justice (UFPJ). Sponsored by Busboys & Poets and IPS.
Admission is $5.00.