Those three resounding words hearts and minds were used back in the late 60s and early 70s as the catch-phrase for what America wanted/needed to do in Vietnam -- win over the hearts and minds of the South Vietnamese people so that they would finally understand what rewards awaited them if they joined us and fought the nasty North. Sure.
Peter Davis' film HEARTS & MINDS won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in April, 1975. Before that month was out, the Vietnam War had officially ended. In its day, Hearts and Minds seemed angry, provocative and on-target. While I missed the press screening for its re-release (it opens this week in NYC), I still have memories of seeing it during it's original playdate.
HEARTS & MINDS, digitally restored and remastered, opens March 20th at the Cinema Village in NYC, with a national rollout to follow in April.