It’s Not My Memory of It: Three Recollected Documents

“It’s not my memory of it” is a documentary about secrecy, memory, and documents. A former CIA source recounts his disappearance through shredded classified documents that were painstakingly reassembled by radical fundamentalist students in Iran in 1979. A CIA film—recorded in 1974 but unacknowledged until 1992—documents the burial at sea of six Soviet sailors. An image pertaining to a publicly acknowledged but top secret U.S. missile strike in Yemen in 2002 reflects on a dynamic of knowing and not knowing.

This film is in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

25 minutes, 2003
Directed by Julia Meltzer and David Thorne

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