Directed and produced by Sean David Christensen.
2018. Vietnam. 28 minutes.
In-person Q&A with Sean David Christensen.
Created by the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, "Ghost Tape #10" was one of many audio tapes engineered to psychologically intimidate and demoralize the North Vietnamese Army through its depiction of the Buddhist afterlife. Broadcast throughout war zones, these soundtracks consisted of actors portraying grieving family members, or voices from the dead, longing to be reunited with their loved ones. By re-examining this weaponization of belief through the context of modern-day Vietnamese and Vietnamese-American religious practice, reactions to this artifact of American propaganda lead to discussions of relationships between the living and the dead and ask what truths, if any, still echo within this recording.
Distributed by the filmmaker.