Written by: Stacia Hentz
Date: September 15, 2017
You’ve been hearing about The Vietnam War, a documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, for a little while now. The time for the series premiere is finally here. Episode one of the new 10-part, 18-hour documentary will air this Sunday, September 17, at 8pm on WOSU TV.
Ken Burns and the team at Florentine Films have been working on this project for 10 years. The Vietnam War series will go through the epic story of the war. Featuring testimonial interviews from nearly 80 witnesses, including the Americans who fought in the war and those who opposed it. We also hear the stories from the Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides.
“The Vietnam War was a decade of agony that took the lives of more than 58,000 Americans,” Burns said. “Not since the Civil War have we as a country been so torn apart. There wasn’t an American alive then who wasn’t affected in some way — from those who fought and sacrificed in the war, to families of service members and POWs, to those who protested the war in open conflict with their government and fellow citizens. More than 40 years after it ended, we can’t forget Vietnam, and we are still arguing about why it went wrong, who was to blame and whether it was all worth it.”
The series includes rarely seen archival footage, photographs taken by some of the most celebrated photojournalists of the 20th century, home movies and audio recordings from inside the Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon administrations.
I’ve had the opportunity to view several of the episodes, and it is perhaps Ken Burns best work. Well rounded, compelling and emotional- this is a series not to be missed!
The first five episodes of the series will air on WOSU TV nightly from Sunday, September 17, through Thursday, September 21, beginning at 8pm with an encore presentation immediately following the premiere. The final five episodes will air on WOSU TV nightly from Sunday, September 24, through Thursday, September 28 at 8pm with an encore presentation immediately following the premiere.
Encore presentations of The Vietnam War will not air on our WOSUplus (34.3) service in September. WOSUplus (34.3) will air a selection of your favorite weekly program series from 8pm-11pm Sunday, September 17, through Thursday, September 21 and Sunday, September 24, through Thursday, September 28.