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Return to Vietnam: Virginia Remembers

Connecting Virginians across cultures, generations, and perspectives in light of the new PBS documentary, "The Vietnam War”, by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick.
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The Initiative

Image 1Vietnam: Virginia Remembers is a multi-media educational initiative, the biggest in our history, designed to educate our community about the Vietnam War and how it affected our neighbors and family members. Through community conversations earlier in the year and our partnerships with the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond and the Dogwood Vietnam Memorial in Charlottesville, we realized that minimal time is spent teaching about the Vietnam War in school and it’s rarely talked about by the people who were there.

Consequently, there is a great lack of understanding about a War that went on for 10 years that many of us experienced and are affected by to this day. Through the power of our media and community partnerships, we hope to help our community to learn and understand--more.

…minimal time is spent teaching about the Vietnam War in school and it’s rarely talked about by the people who were there.

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The Film

image 2Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s ten-part, 18-hour documentary series, THE VIETNAM WAR, tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history as it has never before 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. 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.

 Visceral and immersive, the series explores the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides…

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