Ken Burns’ Vietnam This Weekend
Emmy-winning filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick bring an unpopular war to life starting this Sunday on PBS. I love Ken Burns' work. His documentaries on Baseball and the Civil War are great. Now he is releasing at 10 part 18 hour documentary on "The Vietnam War". The war killed 58,000 Americans in the 1960's and 1970's. It sparked protests across America and abroad. This film took 10 years to make and includes nearly 80 witnesses who fought on both sides as well as protesters. Like his other work, Ken Burns uses rare and remastered archival footage, photos and home movies plus TV broadcasts. The war spanned Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon administrations. Depending on your age, this will bring back memories, enlighten you to history, or may educate the younger generation. My memories are enhanced with helicopters and music from the Rolling Stones Paint it Black and CCR Fortunate Son. I was too young to be in the war but certainly was shaped by the events. This should be a must watch.