Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision
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Maya Lin - A Strong Clear Vision
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At the age of 20 and still a student at Yale University, Maya Lin won a national design competition for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Mock recounts through interviews with Lin, the veterans who organized the memorial project and the complicated, politically messy process that led to erecting the famously moving piece. After much public protest (mainly from Vietnam War veterans), hearings were held to consider ways to incorporate more traditional images in the monument. Somehow, all the details were worked out. Throughout the entire controversy, Lin stood up to her critics with an intellectual integrity that ultimately aided in the persuasion of the construction of the monument.
Lin's continued growth as an artist and as a human being is the real subject of this film. Mock shows Lin working on other soon-to-be famous designs such as her Civil Rights Memorial in Alabama, another large engraved stone piece. She also shows Lin visiting sites of other sculptures and buildings she would design. It is clear how strongly she relates to the earth and to the ground on which her structures will stand, and how directly her natural surroundings determine the direction of her work.
Overall, the film is a fitting tribute to an artist who has had a wondrous career for someone so young, and has a long great career ahead.
The cinematography in "Maya Lin" is somewhat unadorned, as it is with most documentary films. It is more on a realistic level that is concerned with content rather than form or technique.Read more ›
I would recommend this film to people interested in the creative process and learning about how a young undergraduate from Yale designed one of the United States most touching and celebrated memorials.
The fact that it won an oscar just shows how screwed up the Oscar selection process was at that time for documentaries.
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My husband and I watched this film twice, and we still can't quite believe the wisdom, poise, and talent of this incredible woman, especially considering the young age (she was 21)... Read morePublished on July 23 2010 by Whitelightone
Maya Lin is a great designer, and this respectful film shows us her well mannered approach to art and architecture. Read morePublished on June 13 2004 by M. Charette
Very interesting documentary about the artist who designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Shocking to watch her have to endure racist slurs from people who were presumably... Read morePublished on Aug. 25 2003 by John McRae
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