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...a portrait worthy of the extraordinary woman it salutes." - Mike Clark, USA TODAY
This Academy Award winner reveals the contentious origins of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and tells the story of its creator, a 21-year-old architecture student whose plan was selected from over 1,000 different designs, beating out some of the most prestigious architecture firms from around the world. A giant victory for such a young and unknown artist, little did Maya Lin know that her battle was just beginning. In Washington to defend her design, Lin came up against a mighty opposition, challenging indignant veterans and a hostile Congress to ultimately prevail with her emotional “Wall.” And what began as one of the country’s most bitterly disputed public monuments became one of the world’s most inspirational and frequently visited memorials.In this riveting and dramatic portrait, renowned filmmaker Freida Lee Mock combines interviews and archival footage to chronicle Lin’s story — from its origins, dominated by her David vs. Goliath battle over the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, to a career designing other memorials, always with an innate talent, and resolute courage.
Filmmaker Biography; Interactive Menus; Scene Selection
1995 Academy Award®: Best Documentary FeatureMore Info
"...a portrait worthy of the extraordinary woman it salutes."
- Mike Clark, USA TODAY
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