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Ken Burns’s ‘Vietnam War’ Will Break Your Heart and Win Your Mind

Epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in history as never told before on film.

Ken Burns & Lynn Novick tell the story behind their most ambitious film to date: THE VIETNAM WAR. Ten years in the making, the landmark series debuted – Sunday, September 17, 2017.

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s ten-part, 18-hour documentary series, THE VIETNAM WAR, tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history as it has never before been told on film. Visceral and immersive, the series explores the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides—Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as combatants and civilians from North and South Vietnam.

Visceral and immersive, exploring the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses.

Ten years in the making, the series includes rarely seen and 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 secret audio recordings from inside the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations.

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THE VIETNAM WAR features more than 100 iconic musical recordings from greatest artists of the era and haunting original music from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross as well as the Silk Road Ensemble featuring Yo-Yo Ma.

The Vietnam War broadcasts on your local PBS station, and is available for streaming

The Vietnam War is a production of Florentine Films and WETA
Photo credit: Benedict J. Fernandez – Construction workers and police clash during pro-Vietnam War demonstration in New York City. 1970

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