Regret To Inform Directed by Barbara Sonneborn, 2000
On January 1, 1968, Barbara Sonneborn’s husband, Jeff Gurvitz, left to fight in Vietnam. Eight weeks later, on February 29, 1968, he crawled out of a foxhole during a mortar attack to rescue his radio operator and was killed. Sonneborn learned of her husband’s death on her 24th birthday. We regret to inform you… read the official notice. Twenty years after Jeff’s death, Sonneborn went back to Vietnam – to the place where her husband was killed. Knowing that hundreds of thousands of other women had shared her grief, she made them – both American and Vietnamese war widows – part of her story. Filled with extraordinary archival footage from the war, breathtaking visions of modern day Vietnam, and heart-wrenching stories from a number of women who share Sonneborn’s story, REGRET TO INFORM is a journey into the heart and soul of war.
1998 Academy Award Nominee: Best Documentary Feature
Winner: 1999 Sundance Film Festival – Best Director; Best Cinematography
Winner: 1999 Independent Spirit Award
3-minute behind-the-scenes, bios, key site map, web links, photo gallery
1999 Academy Award® : Best Documentary Feature nominee; 1999 Sundance Film Festival® : Grand Jury Prize: Documentary nominee