Americans call the war that took place in Vietnam the Vietnam War, but Vietnamese call it the American War. Video artist Barbara Sonneborn lost her husband in the U.S.-Vietnam war. In 1988 she met a great many women who lost their loves (husbands) in this war, and in 1992 she visited Vietnam and met with women who had also lost their husbands. Regret to Inform centers on women telling the stories of individual loves and the stories of national anguish (war), transcending the nations that are Vietnam and the U.S., unraveling the pain and suffering of women who have lost their beloved husbands. It is easy to start a war, but how hard it is to end one. (Kim Seon-A)
\"It has brought me to my knees and expanded my compassion and my understanding of sorrow and suffering and joy. In the end it was a gift from my husband, Jeff. For all the house mortgages and lost sleep and agony of editing, it was a great privilege to make this film and to meet all the people it’s brought into my life.”- Director’s Statement
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"Sonneborn has worked as photographer, sculptor, and set designer for 26 years.