Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry
Source: Catholic News Service
Serious-minded feature-length documentary based on the book "Tour of Duty" profiling John Kerry's experiences as a Navy Swift boat commander during the Vietnam War and his subsequent anti-war activism, focusing on his leadership role during a 1971 veterans' protest in Washington. Directed by longtime Kerry friend George Butler, the film wrestles with questions about the meaning of patriotism, blending compelling archival footage and photographs with talking-head interviews with fellow veterans to create an emotional, if highly idealized, portrait of Kerry. Though temperate in tone, the film ultimately comes across as advocacy journalism, opinions of which will vary according to viewers' political stripes. Images of war violence and some crude language. USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America.
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