The Project

The Dreams of the Black Echo project grew out of the personal experience and passion of Executive Producer, David Hansen, who flew medivac missions in Vietnam. Years after his battle service, Dave and a group of Veterans committed to closing the gap between U.S. and Vietnam veterans. The result of that mission was the 2014 documentary, Soldiers’ Sanctuary, a touching story of combat veterans healing the scars of war. It takes the viewer on a journey with a group of U.S. veterans of the Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam Wars to the infamous battlefield at Khe Sanh, Vietnam. There, they join in an emotional meeting with veterans of the People’s Army and together participate in a ceremony to honor fallen comrades and plant trees on the site of a former wartime combat base. This historic event captured on film is the foundation of the Khe Sanh Garden, a world sanctuary being dedicated to the memory of fallen soldiers from all sides of armed conflict and providing opportunity for peaceful face-to-face reconciliation with former enemies.

The new film, Dreams of the Black Echo continues that story and the healing journey for Hansen and his fellow veterans on both sides. It is not a sweeping 14-year saga but rather tells the story through two battles at Khe Sanh which took place in 1968 and 1971. Everyone in film gives eyewitness testimony of what they saw and experienced in those battles. Although there was plenty of propaganda pumped out on both sides, these veterans were completely oblivious to the propaganda because they were living the reality of war on the ground. It comes down to a basic shared experience told from both sides of the front lines.

(“Soldiers” Sanctuary” Documentary film wins American Film Award as “Best Documentary of 2014” Screened at DOCUTAH 2014 and other Festivals.)


Dreams of the Black Echo is a unique co-production with Duy Tan University in Vietnam and Dixie State University film students, faculty and staff for the DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival. The film has stark historical and current footage and interviews, which enhance an already gripping look at this controversial war and the healing process which happens when soldiers can communicate after the conflict. This is the story of the Vietnam war, told to the younger generation through the experience of American and Vietnamese veterans and the battles of Khe Sanh.

The viewer will experience the tentative relationship between soldiers from both sides to each other and watch as the young Vietnamese filmmaker becomes engaged with American Veterans, suspicious at first and then getting past their past anger and moving on to touching relationships.

It is a true co-production where film students at Duy Tan University produced half the film from the perspective of their veterans and DSU film students produced half the film at Dixie State University using U.S. veterans as the storytellers.


Producer/Directors: Phil Tuckett (Dixie State University), Tran Anh Tien (Duy Tan University)

Executive Producers: David Hansen (USA), Le Nguyen Bao (Vietnam)


Director(s) Biography

PHIL TUCKETT – Phil Tuckett is a professor of film at Dixie State University. He is the head of the Digital Film program as well as DSU Films, the professional production arm of the film department. Prior to coming back to his alma mater to teach, Phil was vice president of special projects at NFL Films for 21 years. He was also a producer, director, and writer for NFL Films (1969 to 1986) and a journalist and professional athlete (1967 to 1969). Phil is the recipient of 30 Emmy Awards for shows like “Football America,” “The 100 Yard Universe,” “Autumn Ritual,” and “Lost Treasures of NFL Films.” He has also produced non-sports related programming like “Blood from a Stone” for the History Channel, “Faces of Evil” for TNT, and music videos for a wide variety of artists including B.B. King, Santana, Def Leppard, and Stevie Ray Vaughn. Phil and his wife Judy also have their own production company, Bristlecone Films.

TRAN ANH TIEN – Tran Anh Tien is a member of the Faculty of Architecture and Fine Art at Duy Tan University in Da Nang, Vietnam.  Mr. Tien is Head of the Graphics Design Program and also the Producer of dtuTV and Director of the Silver Swallows Studio at the University.  Silver Swallows Studio recently released “The First Swallows” which is a full-length documentary about an early air battle between the Vietnam People’s Air Force and the US Air Force over the skies of Vietnam.  Mr. Tien has been involved since the beginning with the Duy Tan University segments of “Dreams of the Black Echo” and has traveled several times to the US during the production of the film to work with the production team.


About Dave Hansen

Hansen’s passion to tell a different story about Vietnam and veterans from both sides comes from personal experience during the war.  He is a decorated Veteran who has made dozens of trips back to Vietnam to help heal the wounds and create peace and human understanding.  From his trip two remarkabl edocumentary films have emerged. He graduated US Army Rotary Wing Flight School as Warrant Officer in August 1970 and served as a Medevac pilot, US Army, Vietnam, Nov 1970-Nov 1971

Awards: Air Medal, Combat Medic Badge, Distinguished Flying Cross


Project Type: Documentary

Runtime: 1:20

Completion Date: January 2020

Country of Origin: United States and Vietnam

Country of Filming: United States and Vietnam

Language: English and Vietnamese

Shooting Format: Digital

Aspect Ratio: 16:9

Film Color: Color

Director/Producers – Phil Tuckett (Dixie State University), Tran Anh Tien (Duy Tan University)

Executive Producers – David Hansen (USA), Le Nguyen Bao (Vietnam)

Vietnamese Veterans:

Lê Công Cơ

Nguyễn Thị Lảnh

Nguyễn Tri Phương

Hồ Văn Chiêm

Hồ Văn Sang 

Nguyễn Văn Hợi

U.S. Veterans:

Dan Greathouse

Bruce Raftery

Lee Hubbard

Chris Bandley

Dave Hansen

Steven “Shorty” Menendez