Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Dr. Karen Turner, film maker, writer, and College of the Holy Cross professor presented her documentary, Hidden Warriors: Women on the Ho Chi Minh Trail. This film focuses on the vast number of North Vietnamese women who went to war, a piece of history that is often overlooked. The film contains archival footage from Hanoi and it documents the daily lives and struggles of these women who helped build and defend the Ho Chi Minh Trail. The film is based on Dr. Turner’s book, Even the Women Must Fight: Memories of War from North Vietnam, which she co-authored with Phan Thanh Hao, a Vietnamese journalist. Using oral histories, private letters, and diaries, the authors delve into the important role North Vietnamese women played during the war.