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Southeast Asian Approaches Film Series: ‘The Ugly American’ (1963)
July 25, 2018 at 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
In conjunction with the 2018 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Programs in the Humanities for School Teachers on “Contested Territory: America’s Role in Southeast Asia, 1945–75,” there will be free public film screenings hosted by the Carolina Asia Center.
In The Ugly American, American ambassador Harrison MacWhite (Marlon Brando) travels to a Southeast Asian country on a peacekeeping mission. Torn between rival factions, the turbulent nation is on the brink of civil war. But MacWhite’s powers of analysis allow him to view the political situation only in the simplest terms: as a struggle between communism and democracy. And, by the time the ambassador is finally able to see the political upheaval as a something more complicated, it may already be too late.