Jimmy in Saigon

Directed by Peter McDowell
U.S / 2022 / Documentary
90 minutes

This poignant documentary begins as a personal exploration into the mysterious death and radical life of Jimmy McDowell, an American 24-year-old Vietnam veteran who died as a civilian in Saigon in 1972, when filmmaker and the subject’s brother Peter McDowell was only five. While investigating Jimmy’s drug use and sexuality, Peter takes us from the US Midwest to Vietnam, France and back home again. In his quest to get to know his brother, he uncovers a hidden romance, new family ties, and a remarkable global love story.

Director McDowell, a native of Champaign, Illinois, will attend the screening and conduct a post-film Q&A.