Charting ‘the deep bonds between Hollywood’s fictionalized conflicts and America’s hidden wars’, Andrea Luka Zimmerman’s ERASE AND FORGET is a new investigative documentary which charts the extraordinary life and times of Bo Gritz, one of America’s highest decorated veterans and the ‘inspiration’ for Rambo and Brando’s Colonel Kurtz.
Using never before seen archive footage of covert US operations, and interviews filmed over a ten year period, ERASE AND FORGET provides a complex perspective of an individual and a country in crisis.
ERASE AND FORGET is a compelling inquiry into the nature of human conscience which raises urgent questions about US militarism and gun control, and embodies contemporary American society in all its dizzying complexity and contradictions.
‘..like a Lynchian nightmare of right-wing America.’ Total Film ★★★★
‘The film is so loopy you end up like Laocoön, wreathed by serpents of paradox and contradiction.’ Financial Times ★★★★
‘Zimmermann marshals her material…with relentlessly thought-provoking confidence.’ Empire ★★★★
‘An especially probing portrait of a wounded man and his role in the fetishisation of state-sanctioned violence.’ Time Out ★★★★
‘This illuminating portrait of a rather broken champion is enriched by extraordinary archive footage.’ Filmuforia ★★★★
‘Gripping and jaw-dropping, it’s a documentary that needs to be seen to be believed.’ Morning Star ★★★★
‘Bo’s nonchalance when talking about his behaviour in countries such as Panama makes your jaw drop. An education.’ EVENING STANDARD
Andrea Luka Zimmerman is an filmmaker and artist whose engaged practice calls for a profound reimagining of the relationship between people, place and ecology. Focusing on marginalised individuals, communities and experience, her practice employs imaginative hybridity and narrative reframing, alongside reverie and a creative waywardness. Informed by suppressed histories, and alert to sources of radical hope, the work prioritises an enduring and equitable coexistence. Andrea’s feature length films have won numerous awards internationally. Andrea is Professor of Possible Film at Central Saint Martins.
‘This is a new way to make a documentary, exploiting the bountiful public record of the Internet age.’ Variety
Interviews with the Director Andrea Luka Zimmerman