Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s 10 Part Series Premiers on PBS Stations in September

August 25, 2016 —St. George, UT — This year, the DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival also includes a special presentation of exclusive clips from The Vietnam War, the new 10-part documentary film from award-winning filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick premiering on PBS stations on September 17. This groundbreaking documentary series tells the epic story of one of the most divisive and consequential events in American history.

The film will be presented at The Cox Auditorium on the Campus of Dixie State University on September 6 at 7 pm. The American Legion will have a presentation of the Colors before the screening to honor all veterans in the audience. The film will be introduced by Vietnam veteran, Dave Hansen and a Q & A will be facilitated after the screening by Professor Chip McLeod, Ph.D.

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s ten-part, 18-hour documentary series, THE VIETNAM WAR, tells the story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history as it has never been told on film. Visceral and immersive, the series explores the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides—Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as combatants and civilians from North and South Vietnam.

“There was no way we could avoid telling this story,” said Burns. “Wars are so extraordinarily revealing obviously of the worst of humanity, but also the best of humanity. This film is not an answer but a set of questions about what happened.”

Ten years in the making, the series includes rarely seen and 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, and secret audio recordings from inside the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations. THE VIETNAM WAR features more than 100 iconic musical recordings from greatest artists of the era and haunting original music from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross as well as the Silk Road Ensemble featuring Yo-Yo Ma.

THE VIETNAM WAR is a production of Florentine Films and WETA

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