LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM with filmmaker Rory KennedyUSA | 2014 | 98 minutes | Not Rated | Documentary
Monday July 28, 2014, 7:30 PM
Martha's Vineyard Film Center
$15 General Admission, $12 Member
Doors Open for admissions 30 min. prior to screening
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Mark Bailey, Keven McAlester
For many American supporters of the war in Vietnam, the symbolic defeat embodied in the Paris Peace Accords of 1973 and subsequent cease-fire were not the worst blows to their hopes for a productive resolution to the Vietnam War. Far worse was the disorderly and ignominious evacuation of Saigon as it fell to North Vietnamese forces in 1975, documented for the historical record by the world’s news media.
Surprisingly long after that fateful chapter of American history was written, Sundance vet Rory Kennedy returns to re-examine the circumstances behind the fall of Saigon in a new documentary for American Experience, PBS’ flagship history series. Observant, incisive, and at times both heartrending and inspiring, the film offers the potential for further reconciliation almost 40 years after America’s final retreat and will likely be replayed frequently on broadcast and digital channels.
During the chaotic final weeks of the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army closes in on Saigon as the panicked South Vietnamese people desperately attempt to escape. On the ground, American soldiers and diplomats confront the same moral quandary: whether to obey White House orders to evacuate U.S. citizens only–or to risk treason and save the lives of as many South Vietnamese citizens as they can.
Special guest filmmaker Rory Kennedy will be in attendance for a Q&A session following the show.
""Last Days in Vietnam" combines astonishing footage from April 1975 with the contemporary recollections of some who were there." -Rob Nelson
"Any one of the episodes related in this doc could be adapted as its own feature-length Hollywood production." -Dan Schindel