Underfire: The Untold Story of Pfc. Tony Vaccaro
2016 | 79 minutes
Country of Production: USA
Country Featured: USA
Friday, October 14 | 9 pm | Program F33
On the eve of the invasion of Normandy in 1944, 21-year-old American G.I. Tony Vaccaro felt a calling to photograph the day-to-day life of soldiers on the battlefield. “They said I was too young to do this,” he recalls, holding his finger as if taking a photo, then turning his finger to pull a gun trigger, “but not too young to do this.” In a year, he captured roughly 8,000 intimate and devastating images. However, in an effort to put the war behind him, he didn’t share these photos with the world until the 1990s—at which point they were celebrated as masterpieces by war photographers around the world. Trace his personal journey from an eager young soldier to a 93-year-old pacifist, and contrast his perspective within the frame of other photo journalists and contemporary embedded war photographers.
"As a filmmaker, one always has an “agenda.” Or, said in a different way, a personal statement. Filmmakers cannot be objective. The difference between grabbing random images with a cellphone and filmmaking is that each distinct element of the film is designed to bring audiences to an understanding of the filmmaker's personal statement."
—Max Lewkowicz | Director, Underfire: The Tony Vaccaro Story