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LOS ANGELES, Calif.(April 13, 2015) – PBS SoCaL will broadcast the Academy Award® Nominated Documentary “Last Days in Vietnam” on AMERICAN EXPERIENCE on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. in Southern California. The film will air in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon.

During the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, as the North Vietnamese Army closed in on Saigon, the South Vietnamese resistance crumbled. The United States had only a skeleton crew of diplomats and military operatives still in the country. With a communist victory inevitable and the U.S. readying to withdraw, many Americans on the ground worried their South Vietnamese allies and friends faced imprisonment or death at the hands of the approaching North Vietnamese. “Last Days in Vietnam” tells the story of the heroic Americans who took matters into their own hands, engaging in unsanctioned and often makeshift operations in a desperate effort to save as many South Vietnamese as possible.

PBS SoCaL will hold a special screening ofLast Days in Vietnam” at the Irvine Barclay Theatre in Irvine, CA on April 14, 2015. The event will include a screening of the film, a discussion with filmmaker Rory Kennedy; Stuart Herrington, Colonel, U.S. Army (retired), who served in Vietnam; and Binh Pho, who was a college student in South Vietnam during the war.

“Last Days in Vietnam” anchors a special week of programming related to the Vietnam War, and will be preceded at 8:00 p.m. by “The Day the ‘60s Died,” which chronicles the nation’s upheaval during May 1970, the month in which four students were shot dead at Kent State University during a protest against the Vietnam War. Premiering on Monday, April 27 at 9:00 p.m., “The Draft” takes a look at the turbulent history of this American institution and dives into the discussion of how mandatory military service has defined our nation. “Dick Cavett’s Vietnam,” following at 10:00 p.m., is a look back at the conversations the talk show host had about the war with a range of high-profile public figures. Both “Last Days in Vietnam” and “The Draft” are part of PBS Stories of Service.

In conjunction with “Last Days in Vietnam,” AMERICAN EXPERIENCE has also launched a national outreach campaign, bringing together Vietnamese Americans, U.S. veterans, and their communities to share their experiences from that turbulent time. The cornerstone of the campaign is the “First Days Story Project,” a partnership with StoryCorps. Forty years after those last days, the “First Days Story Project” is recording the stories of the Vietnamese American and veteran communities during their first days in the United States after the war and will archive them in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.


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