UCI Humanities Collective Presents:
The Untold History of The United States – Film Screening and Q&A with Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick, who will be present in person!
Co-Sponsored by The Department of Film and Media Studies
The 10-episode documentary series, created and executive produced by Academy Award-Winning writer/director Oliver Stone, will look back at major events that have shaped the world as it is today.
As Americans, do we really know and understand our shared and complicated history? How do we recall the small details and forgotten players that influenced some of the biggest events from America’s past? Will our children actually get the whole story from reading history books? And how will it affect the future of our country?
Narrated by filmmaker Stone (JFK/Nixon/W.), the new one-hour series in ten parts will feature episodes that focus on human events that at the time went under reported, but crucially shaped America’s unique and complex history over the 20th century. Stone and co-author Peter Kuznick, a professor of History and Director of the Nuclear Studies Institute at American University, have written a book of the same title to be published by Simon & Schuster’s Gallery Books on October 30. They have combed through the national archives of the U.S., Soviet Union, England, Germany, and Japan in search of photos, film, and papers of events and historical figures both famous and unknown. Topics range from President Harry Truman’s decision to drop the atomic bomb on Japan, the Soviet role in WWII, and the origins and the reasons for the Cold War with the Soviet Union, as well as the fierce ongoing struggle between war and peace in America’s national security complex. Eye-opening information about the Eisenhower and Kennedy administration, the Korean, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghan Wars, America’s role in the world since the fall of Communism, and the insidious nature of the war on terrorism will be presented.
Stone, a decorated Vietnam War veteran who has been working on the series for the last four years, said today, “This is the side of history we didn’t learn in school, upsetting to some, but profound for those who think for themselves. From the outset Peter and I’ve looked at this project as a legacy to our children and a way to understand the times we’ve lived though. We hope it can contribute to a more global, broader insight into our history, as well as a change in our thinking.”
Mikhail Gorbachev has called the book, “a critical overview of U.S. foreign policy,” and that “such a perspective is indispensable at a time… that will shape America’s role in the global world of the twenty-first century.”
Pulitzer Prize winning historian Martin Sherwin has commented, “Kuznick and Stones’ Untold History is the most important historical narrative of this century.”
Cost: This event is FREE and open to the public, but seating is limited and will be first come, first served. Parking at UCI is $10.
Doors open at 1:00PM. Film Screening will start at 1:30PM
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Parking: Mesa or Student Center Parking | http://www.parking.uci.edu/maps/imap.cfm
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