The Cu Chi Tunnels, Produced and Directed by Mickey Grant ** HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

During the war in Vietnam, thousands of people in the Vietnamese province of Cu Chi lived in an elaborate system of underground tunnels. Originally built in the time of the French, the tunnels were enlarged during the American presence. When the Americans began bombing the villages of Cu Chi, the survivors went underground where they remained for the duration of the war. The secret tunnels, which joined village to village and often passes beneath American bases, were not only fortifications for Viet Cong guerillas, but were also the center of community life. Hidden beneath the destroyed villages were schools and public spaces were hospitals where children were born and surgery was performed on casualties of war: underground were schools and public spaces where couples were married and private places where lovers met. There were even theaters where performers entertained with song and dance and traditional stories.

THE CU CHI TUNNELS, a Mickey Grant film, is the story of life underground told by the people who lived the experience. It is a story told by a surgeon, an artist, and actress, an engineer, and the few survivors of the guerilla band who left the tunnels each night to fight against an enemy of vastly superior strength. Attached to the guerilla bands were Viet Cong documentary cameramen and camerawomen whose footage of the war from the Vietnamese point of view and of love, life and death in the tunnels has survived and is used in the film. This extremely rare footage povides a fascinating kind of echo; we see and hear an actress perform in the wartime tunnels and then hear her describe the experience nearly thirty years later.

I’d always wanted to know about these tunnels since I was a child. I never dreamed they could be as complex and vast as they actually were. Incredible story, a moving and brilliant film.


Filed under: Asia, History, Humanity, Journalism, Military, North America, Psychology

8 Responses

  1. […] Posted by Dave On Fire on January 9, 2008 Hollywood eventually made a few excellent anti-war films about Vietnam, but even the best of these focussed on the suffering of American troops. Even today, the Vietnamese people are excluded from the mainstream narrative of the war.  This 1 hour film by Mickey Grant is intended to rectify that imbalance (h/t […]

  2. Happygal says:

    Who was the intended audience of this film?

  3. Ed says:

    Do you mean Vietnamese or American? Personally, I think neither. To have an intended audience would imply some emotive ideological sub-text was involved. The film, however, appears to fairly clearly and simply document the lives of those that lived in and used the tunnels.

    Here’s Mr. Grant’s website…

  4. Happygal says:

    But why was it created? what was the purpose of creating the film? And who did they create it for?

  5. olivia says:

    this was wonderful thank you for taking the time to make this very informative film. someday we americans may have to do the same thing to survive.

  6. Mickey Grant says:

    I made the film for a world audience. The first distributor of the film was BBC Worldwide and it was broadcast on BBC2 and on major networks in 50 countries. Unfortunately, most Americans had no idea who these people were that we fought. The media presented their point of view in a very one dimensional manner. Prior to shooting the interviews, I spent over 1 year simply getting to know these former Viet Cong. It took a long time for them to trust me to tell their story. For the most part, no one else has told their story. I hope one day, many others will have told more of their stories. The war in Vietnam was a serious mistake and it cost way too many lives on both sides. Today, the same basic mistakes are being made and supported by good people yet highly uniformed. People who know absolutely no history of Iraq argue strongly in favor of the war. There are so many books and research materials out there about Iraq but they are not read for the most part by government officials or the general public. We have an idiot as Secretary of State. Even worse, the Republican Vice-Presidential nominee is an inexperienced idiot. We pick enemies without hardly any knowledge of them. How many more people have to die? And, you wonder who the audience for my film is? Obviously it’s not you. I am very glad this site is promoting my film.

  7. To Mr. Mickey Grant,

    We are an alternative media group based in Metro Manila, Philippines. We have watched your film and we thought it is really groundbreaking, it inspires those who wish to capture events that are or will become important in history.

    We would like to show your film in a human rights film festival here. It is a school-based film fest in an effort to raise awareness on human rights. We hope that you can contact us sir, we have been trying to look for your e-mail.

  8. Ed says:

    You can reach Mr. Grant at Best of luck with your event 🙂

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