What: The Yip Harburg Foundation will give a free screening of the Oscar-nominated documentary, “The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and The Pentagon Papers” (2010, 94min), a film by Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith. Robert Ellsberg, Daniel’s son and a key figure in the Pentagon Papers affair, will appear at the event for a talk-back and questions.
“The multiple award-winning film traces how Daniel Ellsberg, a high-level Pentagon official and Vietnam War strategist, concluded that the war was based on decades of lies and leaked 7,000 pages of top secret documents to The New York Times, making headlines around the world. Ellsberg risked life in prison to stop a war he helped plan. This story of one man’s profound change of heart is also a piercing look at the world of government secrecy as revealed by the ultimate insider. Marked by a landmark battle between America’s greatest newspapers and its president, this political thriller unravels the political saga that lead directly to Watergate, Nixon’s resignation and the end of the Vietnam War.”
When/Where: The free screening will be April 30 at 2:30PM in Bruno Walter Auditorium (40 Lincoln Center Plaza). Reservations are not required. For further info, go to the film’s website, www.mostdangerousman.org. For more event information, call the Yip Harburg Foundation office at 212-343-9668.