Virtual JFK: Vietnam if Kennedy Had Lived

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Virtual JFK: Vietnam if Kennedy Had Lived

Koji Masutani, 2008

New Documentary

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Fri, July 31, 2009 7 PM
Sat, Aug 1, 2009 7 PM

A fascinating account of "counterfactual" or "virtual" history— i.e., what might have happened had history been different—Virtual JFK uses archival documentary footage, on-screen testimony, and inventive graphics to argue that President Kennedy would have prevented what became, after his aborted administration, the debacle of the Vietnam war.

Although its central claim remains arguable (that Kennedy's political instincts led him to see armed conflict as a last resort), the film invokes a series of global situations Kennedy managed to defuse, using a generous selection of him responding to an often hostile press corps, frequently with a disarming wit absent from the White House since then. (80 mins., video)

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