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Ken Burns Goes to Vietnam

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Marines marching in Danang, March 1965.
Photo courtesy of Associated Press.

WSRE, PBS for the Gulf Coast, presents a special preview screening of highlights from The Vietnam War—the latest documentary project by filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick—Thursday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m. in the WSRE Jean & Paul Amos Performance Studio at Pensacola State College.

 

The Vietnam War is a new 10‑part, 18‑hour documentary film series premiering Sept. 17 on PBS stations nationwide. Episodes will air nightly at 7 p.m. from Sunday through Thursday, Sept. 17–21 and Sept. 24–28. The series will also be available for streaming for a limited time at pbs.org and on PBS apps.

 

In an immersive narrative, Burns and Novick tell the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never before been told on film. The Vietnam War features testimonies from nearly 100 witnesses, including many Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides.

 

Ten years in the making, The Vietnam War brings the war and the chaotic era it encompassed viscerally to life. The series includes rarely seen, digitally re‑mastered archival footage from sources around the globe, photographs taken by some of the most celebrated photojournalists of the 20th century, historic television broadcasts, evocative home movies, and revelatory audio recordings from inside the Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon administrations.

 

When The Vietnam War airs on PBS in September, it will be accompanied by a far‑reaching educational outreach and civic engagement campaign to inspire a national conversation.

 

In addition to the Sept. 7 event, WSRE is encouraging local community engagement with a special Public Square Speakers Series presentation featuring Gold Star daughter Margot Delogne and film producer Anthony Istrico, along with a screening of a their film The 2 Sides Project Friday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m. in the Amos Studio.

 

The 2 Sides Project is a nonprofit created in 2015 by Delogne to connect sons and daughters who lost fathers on both sides of the Vietnam War. The documentary follows six Americans as they traveled to Vietnam and met more than 20 Vietnamese sons and daughters whose fathers died in the war, discovering their shared history and common grief.

 

Concurrent with the broadcast premiere of The Vietnam War, the first five episodes will be available for streaming beginning Sept. 17 at pbs.org and on PBS apps, and the final five episodes will be available beginning Sept. 24. All episodes will remain accessible until Oct. 3.

 

WSRE members with Passport, a benefit for donors offering extended access to a library of public television programming, can view the entire series (all 10 episodes) beginning Sept. 17. Visit wsre.org/passport to learn more.

‑ Mary Riker
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