First Kill (2001)


First Kill is a 2001 Dutch documentary film that revolves around the psychology of war. Important turning points in the Vietnam War are used to illustrate the effect of war on body and mind. The documentary consists of interviews with Michael Herr and several Vietnam veterans. The depth of the interviews provides insight into the feelings that accompany violence, fear, hate, seduction and pleasure, and sad.


Schrijber’s controversial documentary interviews a number of Vietnam Veterans about their experiences, exploring the feelings of seduction, fascination and excitement which can be aroused through killing.

It makes for disturbing viewing, with Veterans candidly discussing the adrenaline and one-upmanship which would take place on the killing fields.

Schrijber’s direct questioning confronts viewers with the ultimate question: ‘Would I pull the trigger?’

Production & Filming Details

  • Director: Coco Schrijber.
  • Producers: Leontine Petit and Joost de Vries.
  • Screenplay: Coco Schrijber and Sander Snoep.
  • Music: Vivian Kubrick.
  • Production: Lemming Film.
  • Release Date: 2001 (Netherlands).
  • Running Time: 55 minutes.
  • Country: Netherlands.
  • Language: English.

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