The Guerrillas of Cu Chi

2012

Cu Chi is a district outside Ho Chi Minh City in which a series of underground tunnels, known as the Cu Chi Tunnels, were built and used by the Viet Cong in the military effort against the U.S. during the U.S. – Vietnam War. These tunnels became a crucial element in the victory against the technological might of the U.S. Military.

In present day, that general area has become a tourist destination complete with amusement-park-like shooting ranges where tourists can pay $1 USD for 1 bullet that they can shoot through various guns used during the war, AK-47’s and M-16’s to name a few.

The Guerrillas of Cu Chi is a film shot at the Cu Chi Tunnels that documents the activities of the Cu Chi Shooting Range combined with the original audio track from a propaganda film made in 1963 entitled “Cu Chi Guerrillas”. In this new filmic documentation, the camera is positioned directly in front of the targets, situated face to face with shooting range guards who watch over tourists as they enter, pay, shoot, giggle, laugh, and react to their own acts of “firing”. The camera was placed behind bullet-proof glass and pulled sideways on a track, scanning the shooting booths as it glides nonchalantly back and forth, witnessing the theatricality that happens behind weapons of war, the firing, the smoke, the photos and the reactions.

ARTWORK SPECS

20:04 min. 2048 x 1152. 25p. Color. Stereo.

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