On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam 

“In my parents' generation they all served. There was a lot of gratitude for the opportunities that we had here in this country because my parents were born here, but my grandparents came here from Mexico.” – Everett Alvarez, Navy pilot & POW

On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam premiered on Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 10:00–11:30 p.m. ET.

A lone soldier walking.A lone soldier walking.George RodriguezOn Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam examines the Latino experience during a war that placed its heaviest burden on working class youth.  Framing the documentary are memoirs of two siblings, Everett and Delia Alvarez, who stood on opposite sides of the Vietnam War, one as a POW and the other protesting at home. Other stories deepen the narrative: In Greenlee County, Arizona, miners’ children fought and died for their country in devastating proportions. Sisters and mothers took notice and action. A farmworker’s son translated his military experience into a career before resigning in protest from his post on a local draft board.

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On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam raises issues that remain relevant today. In communities where there were few alternatives to service, war impacted every household — especially amongst Latinos. How did this affect the young men who served on the front lines? How did it impact their communities? During the Vietnam War, Latinos began asking for the first time: What is the true cost of war and the appropriate price of citizenship?

Filmed on location throughout the Southwest and in Vietnam On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam combines lush photography with home movies, vivid news footage and a trove of personal photographs.

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