Documentary Feature (81 Minutes)
Director: Michael Jorgensen
Production Studio: Myth Merchant Films, Inc.
While performing humanitarian work in Southeast Asia, a war torn veteran of the Vietnam War discovers a man claiming to be an American Special Forces MIA, still living in a remote village 45 years after capture…and so begins the struggle to prove the lost soldier’s identity and reunite him with his family. Deeply moving, Unclaimed offers a compelling reason to revive awareness of the POW/MIA discussion. Have we left some behind?
The GI Film Festival is aware of the controversy surrounding the film Unclaimed and the fact that some POW groups and activists strongly believe a man featured in the film claiming to be a POW is a fraud. The government, for its part, has conducted an investigation into the matter and has come to the same conclusion.
The festival will still screen the film — and will issue a statement prior to the screening to let the audience know about the objections to the film and its content — because one of the film festival’s jobs is to screen interesting stories that stimulate public debate and foster conversation.
Whether fact or fiction, Unclaimed is a fascinating story about a Vietnam Veteran, Tom Fraunce, who dedicates himself to bringing home someone he believes to be an American GI left behind. Even if he is chasing a myth, we feel his story is compelling and worth telling, as long as it is accompanied by a disclosure to viewers about the controversy surrounding it.
In the interest of representing a counterpoint to this film, we include below a link to the government’s official report regarding the man in Vietnam claiming to be a POW.
The opinions expressed in the film Unclaimed, and in the report, do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the GI Film Festival.