Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision

Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision is a 1994 American documentary film made by Freida Lee Mock.

Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision
Directed byFreida Lee Mock
Produced byFreida Lee Mock
Terry Sanders
Written byFreida Lee Mock
Music byCharles Bernstein
CinematographyDon Lenzer
Ed Marrick
Distributed byOcean Releasing
Release date
  • October 1994 (1994-10)
Running time
105 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$62,186[1]


It explores the life of American artist Maya Lin, whose best-known work is the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. despite opposition from people like Pat Buchanan.[2]


The film won the 1994 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.[3][4] It later aired on the PBS series POV.

Oscar controversy

After the win, the director was accused by the press (which she recalled was unpleasant, exhausting and stressful) of cronyism who said that the award should've belong to the popular Hoop Dreams and having served several terms as Chairman on the screening committee while praising the film. Film critic Roger Ebert apologized to the director after seeing the film.[5]


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