Courtesy John Gianvito

Courtesy John Gianvito

Vapor Trail (Clark) (2010) by John Gianvito, video, 264 min, Philippines/United States

“A devastating and insightful condemnation of the dangerous U.S. military practices that have recklessly exposed an entire community in the Philippines to a host of fatal toxins. Centered around an abandoned U.S. military base, Gianvito’s gripping exploration of the military’s lack of regulation and responsibility uses the horrific environmental contamination as a starting point for a meditation on the crippling effects of colonialism and unchecked militarism. A skillful melding of cinema-vérité, interviews, historical texts and landscape photography, Vapor Trail is a unique and urgent political intervention.” – Harvard Film Archive