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PBS Previews Ken Burns’ “The Vietnam War” on May 28

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The much anticipated new series from Ken Burns, The Vietnam War, will be coming this fall in September. However, we’re excited to present a special preview of The Vietnam War on CET and ThinkTV16 Sunday, May 28, at 9:30pm and at 11:30pm – after the premiere and after the encore of The National Memorial Day ConcertPBS Previews the Vietnam War features interviews with the families, behind-the-scenes footage, and exclusive clips from the series, this program will give viewers an advance look at the film.

Produced and directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, The Vietnam War full-length documentary tells the never-before-told story of the 20th century Vietnam War. Novick explains, “In addition to dozens of Americans who shared their stories, we interviewed many Vietnamese on both the winning and losing sides, and were surprised to learn that the war remains as painful and unresolved for them as it is for us.”

With ten years in the making, The Vietnam War series will feature testimony from nearly 100 witnesses, including Americans who opposed the war and fought in it, likewise, testimony from Vietnam combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides. Rarely seen, digitally remastered archival footage from all over the world, photographs taken by celebrated photojournalists form the 20th century, television broadcasts from the time, and audio recordings from inside the administrations of Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon will all be included in this chaotic tale. From the words of Burns, “The Vietnam War was a decade of agony that took the lives of more than 58,000 Americans… More than 40 years after it ended, we can’t forget Vietnam, and we are still arguing about why it went wrong, who was to blame and whether it was all worth it.”

The film will feature original music written and recorded by Academy Award-winning composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, new music arranged and performed by Grammy Award-winning cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, with additional music composed by David Cieri and Doug Wamble. More than 120 popular songs that define the era will be featured as well, including tracks from The Beatles, The Temptations, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Nina Simone, and many more.

This series adds to a trilogy of Florentine Films’ examination of American wars starting with Ken Burns’ series The Civil War (1990), followed by Burns and Novick’s acclaimed seven part series The War (2007), a series covering World War II.