Ken Burns's 'The Vietnam War' to premiere on AETN Sept. 17
'The Vietnam War,' a 10-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, will premiere on the Arkansas Educational Television Network Sunday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. An immersive 360-degree narrative, the series tells the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never before been told on film. The first five episodes will air Sept. 17 through Thursday, September 21, and the final five episodes will air Sunday, Sept. 24, through Thursday, Sept. 28, at 7 each night. A repeat broadcast will immediately follow the premiere of each episode.
'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.
Ten years in the making, the series brings the war and the chaotic epoch it encompassed viscerally to life. It includes rarely seen, digitally re-mastered archival footage, photographs taken by some of the most celebrated photojournalists of the 20th century, historic television broadcasts, evocative home movies, and revelatory audio recordings from inside the Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon administrations.
'The Vietnam War' features new, original music written and recorded by Academy Award-winning composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. The film also features new music arranged and performed by Grammy Award-winning cellist Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble. Also included are more than 120 popular songs that define the era, including tracks from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Simon & Garfunkel, Janis Joplin, Ben E. King, Johnny Cash, Otis Redding, Santana, Joni Mitchell, The Temptations and more.
The film will be accompanied by an outreach and public engagement program, providing opportunities for communities to participate in a national conversation about what happened during the Vietnam War, what went wrong and what lessons are to be learned. Viewers are encouraged to join the conversation: #VietnamWarPBS.
- Excerpt taken from AETN Press Release announcing the premiere on Sept. 17, 2017
The first five episodes will air nightly at 7 pm from Sunday, Sept. 17, through Thursday, Sept. 21. If you miss it at 7, the episode will replay at 8 pm. All 5 episodes will air back to back on Sept. 23 beginning at 12:30 pm.
The final five episodes will air nightly at 7 pm from Sunday, Sept. 24, through Thursday, Sept. 28. If you miss it at 7, the episode will replay at 8 pm. All 5 episodes will air back to back on Sept. 30 beginning at 12:30 pm.
Encore presentations begin Oct. 3, 2017
PBS.org The Vietnam War - The official site where you can learn more about the film, the filmmakers, and share your story.
AETN Salutes Arkansas Vietnam Veterans - Hear stories from Arkansans who experienced the events of the Vietnam War. Share your story with AETN with text, photos and videos.
Sam is not only one of our flag experts, he is a veteran of the Vietnam War. Over the years, we have all heard a tale or two of his time in the service. We recently sat down with Sam to perserve his story.
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