For those that can’t attend the screening, the program will be aired on Pioneer Public Television on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 8 p.m.
The film was nominated for an Academy Award and is directed by Rory Kennedy -- daughter of Bobby Kennedy. It features never before seen footage of the withdrawal from Vietnam and interviews with the soldiers who were assigned to deal with the chaos that ensued. With the lives of thousands of South Vietnamese hanging in the balance, those in control faced an impossible choice––who would go and who would be left behind to face brutality,imprisonment or even death.
Last Days in Vietnam is being aired nationwide in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon. On April 29, 1975, the Saigon airport was attacked, forcing an immediate evacuation. Floating offshore in the South China Sea was the U.S.S. Kirk, part of the fleet sent to facilitate the evacuation of Americans. The crew and the ship––with its single, tiny helipad––was entirely unprepared for the role it was about to play in the scramble to evacuate the city. Soon, a seemingly unending stream of helicopters, piloted not by Americans, but by South Vietnamese airmen fleeing for their lives with their families and friends, descended upon the American destroyer.
The film screening may trigger emotional reactions and so a discussion will be held afterwards for those in attendance. Both Gulf War veterans and Vietnam veterans are encouraged to attend to share their stories and reaction to the film. The events are being sponsored by the Swift County Veterans Service office and the DeMarce Theater, the St. Cloud State University Veterans Resource Center and The Common Reading Program and the Yellow Medicine County Veterans Service office and Minnesota West.
For more information, contact Pioneer Public TV at 1 -800-726-3178 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pioneer Public TV is an award winning, viewer-supported television station dedicated to sharing local stories of the region with the world. The station can be viewed over the air on KWCM Channel 10 in Appleton, KSMN Channel 20 in Worthington and K49FA in Fergus Falls as well as on dozens of cable channels and on satellite channels in the Sioux Falls Designated Market Area (DMA). Pioneer is now viewable via satellite in the Twin Cities DMA on the Dish Network. Plans call for Pioneer to be viewable on DirectTV on March 31, 2015. Most local productions are also posted online at pioneer.org.