The Vietnam War (Fall 2017), produced by Florentine Films and WETA

The Vietnam War is a ten-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that will air on PBS in September 2017. In an immersive 360-degree narrative, Burns and Novick tell the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never before been told on film. The Vietnam War features testimony from nearly 100 witnesses, including many Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides.

Photo courtesy of Public Domain Credit: Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library, Audiovisual Archives

Six years in the making, the series brings the war and the chaotic epoch it encompassed to life in a visceral fashion. Written by Geoffrey C. Ward, produced by Sarah Botstein, Lynn Novick and Ken Burns, it includes rarely seen, 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, revelatory audio recordings from inside the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations and more than 100 iconic musical recordings by many of the greatest artists of the era.

This is one of a series of grants from the Foundations in support of Ken Burns’ Telling America’s Stories being produced during the 2011-2020 period.

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