Local Catholic art and a new movie gives another side of the Vietnam War October 7, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Art and Architecture, awesomeness, Dallas Diocese, fun, General Catholic, history, persecution, Revolution, sadness, scandals, Society.
Well, it’s a newish movie, it premiered in California last March, but it’s finally coming to the Metroplex October 30 – November 5 in a roadshow format. The movie is Ride The Thunder, and it tells the tale of US Marine Colonel John Ripley South Vietnamese Marine Colonel Le Ba Binh. It is based on a book of the same name.
A devout Catholic South Vietnamese friend of mine apprised me of the movie. It is in English with Vietnamese subtitles. It will be showing, and not accidentally, in Irving, Grand Prairie, and other locales Oct. 30 – Nov. 5. This movie is different in that it concentrates less on the battles, less on the American side, but more on the impact of the war on South Vietnamese patriots and the horrendous suffering many underwent for years following the US betrayal and communist triumph. My friend’s father was a colonel in the South Vietnamese intelligence and was incarcerated in communist “re-education camp” for 7 or 8 years. My friend managed to escape during the boat lift and made it to Malaysia after everyone on the boat was robbed of every cent they had by pirates (they were very lucky it was only their possessions that was taken, many suffered much worse fates than that).
No matter what one thinks of the US involvement in Vietnam and the US conduct of that war (and I certainly have grave problems, especially with the latter), the South Vietnamese fall to communism was an unmitigated disaster for that forlorn nation. The Church has had much to suffer in Vietnam, north and south, from the communist regime. Persecution continues to this day. And now, Vietnam, fiercely independent for 1000 years, is little more than a Chinese puppet state.
Anyway, local readers may consider checking this movie out when it comes to town in a few weeks. You’ll have to check the individual theaters for show times.
BTW, local readers might also find my friend in the most recent edition of Texas Catholic (the Dallas diocesan newspaper), in a pull-out spread of certain Dallas area Catholics views on the Faith in commemoration of the Diocese’s 125th anniversary. My friend’s comments on Tradition and Truth stand out from the rest.
Another local reader sent me some artwork he’s been doing and would like to share. The first is sort of a Catholic superhero called Marian Knight. The second is a pastel of an angel inspired by Renaissance works.