Press Release
Press Release · Monday, August 12, 2002

Press Release
August 12, 2002
Films at the National Archives in September and October

Washington, DC . . . In September and October the National Archives and Records Administration presents film screenings with topics relating to sports, World War II, the United States Information Agency (USIA), and the U.S. Army.

The screenings will be held in Room 105 of the National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets, NW, and in the auditorium at the National Archives at College Park, located at 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD unless otherwise noted. All programs are free and open to the public. Free parking is available at the National Archives at College Park. The times and dates may be verified by calling the National Archives public events line at (201) 501-5000. The hearing impaired should call TDD (202) 501-5404 for information.

Washington, DC Films

Friday, September 20 - Sports in America
Mooney vs. Fowle, released in 1961. In this classic cinema verité documentary by Robert Drew, the camera captures the passions, rituals, and behind-the-scenes conflict involved in a high school championship football game. (64 minutes.) Noon.

Friday, September 27 - World War II
War Comes to America, released in 1945. The seventh and final film in the War Department's "Why We Fight" series of orientation films (supervised by Frank Capra) is an overview of American history, with an emphasis on the events that forced us into conflict. Frank Capra's populist philosophy emerges strongly in this sensitive and loving portrait of the American people. (67 minutes.) Noon.


Friday, October 11 - Films of the USIA
The Inheritance, released in 1966. Produced by the USIA, this documentary relates the story of 20th-century America examining immigration, labor and civil rights issues, and war. (58 minutes.) Noon.

Thursday, October 17 - World War II
Lecture and Video Presentation

Gayle Yamada will present and discuss her documentary video Uncommon Courage: Patriotism and Civil Liberties. During World War II and the occupation of Japan, many Japanese Americans served in the Military Intelligence Service, interrogating prisoners, translating documents, intercepting communications, and infiltrating enemy lines. Ironically, their families back in America were confined to camps, stripped of their civil rights. 7 p.m.

Friday, October 18 - US Army
Lecture and Video Presentation

Dr. Lewis "Bob" Sorley and Lt. Gen. Rick Brown USA (Ret.) will present and discuss their latest works concerning the United States Army. Lt. Gen. Brown will screen excerpts from their video documentary All We Could Be, an account of how the Army rebuilt itself after Vietnam to become the Army of Desert Storm. Dr. Sorley will comment on his forthcoming book complementing the documentary. 7 p.m.

College Park, MD Films
(For descriptions of the College Park films, see Washington, DC listings.)

Monday, September 23
Mooney vs. Fowle (64 minutes.) Noon.

Monday, September 30
War Comes to America (67 minutes.) Noon.

Tuesday, October 15
The Inheritance (58 minutes.) Noon.

Monday, October 28
Into the Fire: American Women in the Spanish Civil War (58 minutes.) Noon.

For PRESS information, contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at ( 301) 837-1700 or by e-mail. To verify the date and times of the programs, the public should call the Public Events Line at: 202-501-5000, or view the Calendar of Events on the web at:


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