Vermont PBS Brings Ken Burns’ and Lynn Novick’s Epic Series The Vietnam War to Broadcast and to Communities throughout Vermont

The Vietnam War, a 10-part, 18-hour documentary film series co-directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.

Ten years in the making, the project is widely considered to be Burns’ most ambitious yet. The monumental look at this challenging piece of history features dozens of people at the epicenter of the country’s Vietnam experience, from veterans to journalists to protesters, along with voices from both South and North Vietnam.

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"Burns and Novick's primary objective is to spark a national conversation about the meaning of Vietnam -
a conversation they feel we've never really had."

Vermont resident MikeHeaney, a consultant on the filmwho has an on-screen appearance, served in the war as an infantry platoon leader,
whose unit was ambushed and nearly annihilated. He has devoted much of his life to working with troubled veterans and memorializing the sacrifices of comrades.


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The Vietnam War - Vermont Perspectives

Vermonters share their experiences and perspectives of the Vietnam War. Select from videos below or watch entire playlist.

"I was there to help people survive the war..." Rusty Sachs

Tell Your Story

How did you experience the events of the Vietnam era?

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share your videos, photographs, or just write a short story about your experience. Selected contributions featured on the national PBS Vietnam War web site.

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"This is the first memorial to Vietnam Veterans in the country..." Paul Rumph (Thetford, VT)
"I was pissed, I was angry, but I kept that in..." - Paul Rumph (Thetford, VT)
"Others would exhaust every single path to avoid the draft..." Bridget Downey-Meyer / Louise Andrews
"What he did was selfless, and I always felt cheated..."- Linda Scholtz (Williamstown, VT)
"Mom, I've decided I'm going to Canada..." - Jack Todd (Montreal, QC)
"You've got a friend, and they're dying, and they're calling for their mom..."- David Ross (Milton, VT)
"Felt like it happened this morning..."Cliff Adams (Barre, VT)
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Made Here

Vermont PBS is broadcasting and streaming locally made films that dovetail with this complex topic and provide additional depth as part of our Made Here series.

Peace Has No Borders

Between 1965-1973, over 50,000 Americans made their way to Canada, refusing to participate in the Vietnam War. Forty years later, Canada had another moral choice - whether to give refuge to U.S. veterans of the Iraq War. Caught betwee. n two countries, today’s war resisters fight the law, politics, and the court of public opinion for the opportunity to remain in Canada. Directed by Deb Ellis and Denis Mueller of Burlington, Vermont.
Expires: 10/22/17
Rating: NR

Next broadcast...Thursday, Feb 1, 8 p.m. on Vermont PBSSaturday, Feb 10, 11 p.m. on Vermont PBS Plus

People’s War

This controversial and innovative documentary, directed by the Newsreel Collective including filmmaker John Douglas of Burlington, VT, filmed during the war and in North Vietnam and including footage from other Vietnamese sources, presents a unique view of the mobilization and participation of Vietnamese people committed to their country's fight against colonialism and foreign military aggression. The film will be accompanied by an interview with Douglas discussing the motivation of the filmmakers.

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Special Preview Screening Events

Thank you to all who attended and joined past discussions and screenings!

The Vermont’s Veteran’s Home
Bennington, VT - October 17, 6:30 pm

Paramount Theatre
Rutland, VT - September 15, 7 pm
Special Preview Event Sponsored By AARP Vermont

Vermont Historical Society
Barre, VT - August 23, 6 pm

Latchis Theater
Brattleboro, VT - August 24, 7 pm

The Aftermath of the Vietnam War
Bellow Falls Opera House - September 7, 7 pm

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