As part of the United Nations Association Film Festival at Stanford, The Whistleblower of My Lai will be shown at 7:15 pm on October 25th at Stanford's Anderson Collection. This film of Stanford composer Jonathan Berger's opera, with libretto by Harriet Chessman, was directed by Academy Award nominated and Emmy winning director Connie Field and features Berger's evocative score as performed by the Kronos Quartet, tenor Rinde Eckert, and master Vietnamese musician, Vân-Ánh Võ.
Focusing on Army helicopter pilot Hugh Thompson, considered a traitor because of his exposure of the My Lai massacre, the opera portrays Thompson's final days as he tries to make sense of the events of 40 years earlier, interwoven with scenes of his interrogation by congressional investigators in 1968.
The Whistleblower of My Lai premiered in Vietnam for the 50th anniversary commemoration of the massacre.
“I have watched a lot of films about the Vietnam War. For the first time, I was exposed to a documentary combined with the power of opera, of music... Light shines even in the darkest hour. We do not despair because there is still the light of human conscience." — Vietnamese film director Đặng Nhật Minh