The Whistleblower of My Lai

Directed by: Connie Field
USA | 67 minutes
european-premiere
Screenings
VUE Piccadilly
Pic. 5
Thu 27th Sep 13:15

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VUE Piccadilly
Pic. 3
Thu 4th Oct 20:15

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On one day in March 1968, American troops serving in the Vietnam War slaughtered over 500 unarmed civilians in two rural hamlets. One of the largest single massacres of civilians by US forces in the 20th century, the atrocity - referred to as the My Lai Massacre - was only discovered by chance when helicopter pilot Hugh Thompson and his two gunners noticed the events from overhead. Nearly fifty years later, composer Jonathan Berger, librettist Harriet Scott Chessman, Vietnamese multi-instrumentalist Vân-Ánh Võ, tenor Rinde Eckert, and legendary ensemble the Kronos Quartet (Mishima, Requiem for a Dream) combine to create an opera, My Lai, about Thompson (who died in 2006) and his subsequent ostracising by the military and vilification by a congressional committee. THE WHISTLEBLOWER OF MY LAI fuses the preparations for the opera's premiere with a retelling of Thompson's story, detailing the courage of a man who intervened between his fellow soldiers and their victims in order to save what few lives he could. A radical and original work, the opera serves as a testimony to Thompson's morality and is a timely reminder of a shameful historical event which now threatens to fade into the mists of collective forgetfulness. Marc David Jacobs
Runtime
67
Cast
Kronos Quartet
Van Ahn Vo
Rinde Eckhardt
Jonathan Berger
Harriet Chessman
Country
USA
Director(s)
Connie Field
Writer(s)
Connie Field
Gregory Scharpen
Producer(s)
Connie Field
Gregory Scharpen
Executive Producer(s)
Connie Field
Screening Status
European Premiere