“I couldn't hold back my tears. I realized I had lost everything. I had lost my beloved country.”
—Kiem Do, Captain, South Vietnamese Navy
Experience the power of personal narratives by exploring previously unpublished photos and listening to first-hand accounts of Vietnamese American refugees and Vietnam War vets -- testaments to resilience and bravery in the face of great odds.
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“Sometimes there's an issue not of legal and illegal, but of right or wrong.”
—Col. Stuart Herrington
“A remarkable piece of work that should be seen by everyone who thinks they know everything about the Vietnam War.”
April, 1975. During the chaotic final days of the American involvement in the Vietnam War, as the North Vietnamese Army closed in on Saigon, South Vietnamese resistance crumbled. City after city and village after village fell to the North while the U.S. diplomats and military operatives still in the country contemplated withdrawal. With the lives of thousands of South Vietnamese hanging in the balance, those in control faced an impossible decision—who would go and who would be left behind to face brutality, imprisonment, or even death. At the risk of their careers and possible court-martial, a handful of individuals took matters into their own hands. Engaging in unsanctioned and often makeshift operations, they waged a desperate effort to evacuate as many South Vietnamese as possible.
Produced and Directed by Rory Kennedy, "Last Days in Vietnam" is currently nominated for a 2015 Academy Award® for Documentary Feature. For more information, follow it on Facebook or browse the film page on the American Experience website.
Rory Kennedy is an Emmy Award winning independent documentary filmmaker, as well as cofounder and president of Moxie Firecracker Films. Her films cover an array of issues ranging from poverty to politics to human rights. Her work has been shown on HBO, A&E, MTV, Lifetime, and PBS. Her most recent project, Ethel, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 2012, and was nominated for 5 Primetime Emmys. The feature length documentary is Kennedy's most personal project to date, providing an inside look at the remarkable life of Ethel Kennedy, Rory's mother and wife to Robert F. Kennedy. Ethel was broadcast on HBO in 2012. Kennedy has directed and produced more than 25 documentaries including Ghosts of Abu Ghraib (Primetime Emmy Award winner for Best Non Fiction Film, 2007); Thank You, Mr. President: Helen Thomas at the White House; American Hollow; A Boy's Life; and Pandemic: Facing AIDS.
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