The Most Secret Place on Earth premiered in Australia on ABC1 television on January 24th at 9.30pm.
Ironically, The Most Secret Place on Earth competed with Generation Kill, showing on ABC2 at the same time, a seven-part war mini-series about a Rolling Stone reporter embedded with US troops in Iraq.
About the film:
For a factual telling of the CIA´secret history in Laos, check out The Most Secret Place on Earth, a feature documentary by Marc Eberle, which talks to the protagonists of Laos civil war – on both sides. The film features interviews with State Department, CIA and Air America officials, as well as Hmong general Vang Pao and some of his critics – Fred Branfman and Professor Alfred McCoy .
Watch the trailer for the feature length documentary The Most Secret Place on Earth – The CIA´s covert war in Laos here.
Director: Marc Eberle, Screenplay: Marc Eberle/Tom Vater, Producer: www.beetz-brothers.de, Co-Production: NDR/arte/WDR
Developed within the framework of Discovery Campus Masterschool 2003 Funded by the Filmförderung HHSH, Filmstiftung NRW, MEDIA NEW TALENTS and MEDIA BROADCAST
The Most Secret Place on Earth was screened at ten international film festivals and in German cinemas early 2009 and was nominated for the Golden Panda at Sichuan intl. Film Festival, China, the History Makers’ Award, New York, the Banff World Television Award, Canada, and the North German Film Award. The film has been broadcast on European television several times and is to be broadcast in 25 countries around the world, though not yet in the US or Laos, the two countries where a screening would generate the greatest interest.
3 thoughts on “The Most Secret Place on Earth (The CIA Covert War in Laos) broadcast on Australia’s ABC1 Television on January 24th”
I didn’t watch the documentary, because ironically, i was in Ban Na Koud, Houaphanh Province in Nothern Laos , where the villagers said they hid in the forest for 6 years during that time. They said they lived on vine roots, squirells and could only light a fire at 6:00AM so that the smoke would look like morning mist, and wouldn’t give away their position.
On the other hand, i have met people who were involved in humanitarian work in Air America at that time, and have also heard of the risks they took and the losses they incurred while trying to help Lao people as well.
As an ex-National Serviceman and later anti-Vietnam organiser I wonder now why ,on Anzac Day, why we shouldn;t hold high the flags of the NLF in Vietnam and Pathet Lao in Laos to mourn also the massive loss of life incurred by these brave people.
I saw that ABC broadcast last night, was stunned and disgusted. Having grown up in West-Berlin I had been on the side of anti-communism and the US, but this changed.
We cannot do a lot about past injustices, but we should not forget that these happened in the days before WikiLeaks and if we are to allow the deletion of WikiLeaks (or similar) history will repeat itself over and over again. Would the damage in Laos have been less had there been a WikiLeaks in 1970? I think so.