Wisconsin, a film by Elleni Sclavenitis

Wisconsin

2014, single-channel video, 14:40

In Wisconsin, Elleni Sclavenitis interviews her father about his experience in Vietnam during the war as a US Army Intelligence Officer. He was sent there on a covert operation, and kept his secret until it was declassified in the mid-90s. This film reflects on why people keep secrets for their governments, and the potentially alienating effects of classification. It is about memory, the nature of secrecy and how we live in the aftermath of history.

At left: U.S. Army Intelligence Handbook, 1976, from my father's library