Oscar Noms for POV Films “Food, Inc.” and “The Most Dangerous Man in America”

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Oscar awardNominations for the 2010 Academy Awards were announced this morning in Los Angeles, and we were thrilled to hear that two upcoming POV films, Food, Inc. and The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers, were nominated for Best Documentary Feature.

About Food, Inc.:
Food, Inc.How much do we know about the food we buy at our local supermarkets and serve to our families? Though our food appears the same as ever — a tomato still looks like a tomato — it has been radically transformed. In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner and investigative authors Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma) lift the veil on our U.S. food industry, revealing surprising facts about what we eat, how it’s produced, who we have become as a nation and where we may go from here. The film airs on POV on April 21st.

About The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers:
Most Dangerous Man in AmericaIn 1971, Daniel Ellsberg, a leading Vietnam War strategist, concludes that America’s role in the war is based on decades of lies. He leaks 7,000 pages of top-secret documents to The New York Times, a daring act of conscience that leads directly to Watergate, President Nixon‘s resignation and the end of the Vietnam War. Ellsberg and a who’s-who of Vietnam-era movers and shakers give a riveting account of those world-changing events in The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers by award-winning filmmakers Judith Ehrlich (The Good War and Those Who Refused to Fight It) and Rick Goldsmith (Tell the Truth and Run: George Seldes and the American Press). The Most Dangerous Man in America will air on POV during our 2010 season.

The other Best Doc nominees are The Cove, Which Way Home and Burma VJ, co-directed by POV alum Anders Østergaard. Congratulations and good luck to all the filmmakers! The Oscars take place on March 7, 2010.

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Ruiyan Xu
Ruiyan Xu
Former POVer Ruiyan Xu worked on developing and producing materials for POV's website. Before coming to POV, she worked in the Interactive and Broadband department at Channel Thirteen/WNET. Ruiyan was born in Shanghai and graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Modern Culture and Media.
  • Ronald Becker

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    We are still killing of millions of innocent men women and children . I am amazed that the Religious Right supports this and at the same time wants to deny women freedom of choice over there own bodies.
    Our children who are coming home with concussions and scrambled brains missing limbs only to be forgotten. History tell us they are the future homeless and future criminals.
    I vote for sending Politicians who declare war or support it to the front of the action to lead the charge. We need to abolish the Pentagon and the CIA. NO MORE MONEY FOR WAR !!!!

  • John C. Ratliff

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    I have just watched “The Most Dangerous Man in America” about Daniel Ellsberg, and it left me thinking that again journalism has failed this story. I had just come home from Vietnam to college when this story was breaking, and I don’t remember much of it. I was too busy trying to adapt to the new surroundings as an ignored Vietnam veteran going back to school. But I do remember that the press then, as now, focuses only on one half the story, our involvement and what “we” Americans did. It does not report any of the doings of the Viet Cong, or the North Vietnamese. It did report on the South Vietnamese, but only in terms of corruption.
    Today, in this story you make Mr. Ellsberg into a hero for “stopping the war.” Well, the war didn’t stop just because we left. In 1975 I almost went back to Vietnam as a reservist on the Rapid Deployment Force, to assist in the evacuation of Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City). But Saigon fell to the North Vietnamese too fast for us to deploy. Our HH-1H helicopters were on C-141 cargo aircraft ready to make the journey, when the “end” came for forces in Saigon.
    We have seen the images of South Vietnamese trying to leave, but that wasn’t part of this story. Nor was the “boat people,” and the “re-education camps” a part of this story. I have a book on my book shelf titled “Catfish and Mandala, A Two-Wheeled Voyage trough the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam,” by Andrew X. Pham. Mr. Pham takes us on a voyage to his homeland, Vietnam, as he re-descovers it after leaving as a boat person. I would like Mr. Ellsberg to read that book, and try to understand the trauma that occurred after we left Vietnam to its residents, many of whom are now US Citizens. I noted in the discussion group that the audience, and the discussion group, were all white, middle-aged Americans. I saw no Vietnamese-Americans represented.
    I would like to recommend that POV have one more feature on the topic of Vietnam, and that is the happenings to all our citizens, and the Vietnamese and Cambodians and Laotians, after the USA left the theater. I am not at all condoning the conduct of US leaders; Mr. Ellsberg was correct and courageous about showing this aspect.
    But there are consequences beyond what PBS depicted which we as a nation under-appreciate, and which have influenced us as a nation much more than is generally recognized. I think I am justified in saying that millions of people also lost their lives, their loved ones, and perhaps their childhoods because we left.
    This discussion has implications not only to what happened then, in Southeast Asia, but also now in Iraq and Afghanistan. We need to understand that there are consequences to those we leave behind, if we so choose. The press, including PBS, could help us to better understand all the ramifications of these kinds of decisions, if only they would try.