12:30-14:00 Monday, August 12, 2013
Oliver Stone & Peter Kuznick, Co-Authors of
"The Untold History of the United States"
One of the most interesting and provocative movie directors to come out of America in the past several decades, Oliver Stone has made his mark with a body of work that has provoked admiration and controversy in almost equal measure. His early feature films such as "Salvador" and "Platoon" were angry indictments of US foreign policy. In "Wall Street" he captured the zeitgeist of the Reagan era with a mastery that few others have been able to emulate. His 1994 film "Natural Born Killers" triggered a bitter debate on violence in art.
Rarely one to shun controversy, Stone has defended former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, criticized the power of the Pro-Israel lobby in American politics and made three documentaries about Washington's bête noir in Cuba, Fidel Castro. He has vocally defended the socialist policies of South American governments and been a consistent critic of US wars around the world, including its entanglements in Afghanistan and Iraq. "JFK," his epic treatment of the Kennedy assassination, remains a benchmark for conspiracies about what took place in Dallas in December 1963.
Working together with Professor of History at American University Peter Kuznick, a prolific author on subjects such as the atomic bombings at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Stone has turned his gaze back to the darker sides of US foreign policy from World War II to the present. Their ten-part series "The Untold History of the United States" is predictably controversial and polarizing.
During the trip here, they will visit Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Okinawa. Stone recently said he plans to reveal "disturbing findings" on the U.S. atomic bombings and other historical facts during his stay in Japan. Come along and hear what he has to say.