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Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam – Film History Livestream
November 12 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST
For Veterans Day weekend we invite you to join our film history livestream program featuring “Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam“.
Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam, a documentary featuring letters written by U.S. soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines during the Vietnam War to their families and friends back home. Archive footage of the war and news coverage thereof, augment the first-person “narrative” by men and women who were in the war, some of whom did not survive it.
Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam is a 1987 American documentary film inspired by the anthology of the same title, directed by Bill Couturié in 1987. Using real letters written by American soldiers (which can be read in the book along with many more) and archive footage, the film creates a highly personal experience of the Vietnam War. The film won the Special Jury Prize: Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival in 1988. It was also screened out of competition at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival.
Roger Ebert commented, “There have been many great movies about Vietnam. This is the one that completes the story.”
Film History Program
Our film history program will have two parts.
The first portion of our two-part program (approximately 30 minutes) will be a brief overview of the film including its historical context, plot summary, things to look for, accuracy, etc.
The second portion of our two-part program will be a full screening of the film.
During the screening you are welcome to join your fellow participants in a live online discussion of the film via Zoom.
The Vietnam War, also known in Vietnam as the American War, was a conflict in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from approximately 1 November 1955 to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975 – 47 years ago today, thus the date of our program on the anniversary. It was the second of the Indochina Wars and was officially fought between North Vietnam and South Vietnam. North Vietnam was supported by the Soviet Union, China, and other communist allies; South Vietnam was supported by the United States, South Korea, the Philippines, Australia, Thailand, and other anti-communist allies. The war, considered a Cold War-era proxy war by some, lasted 19 years, with direct U.S. involvement ending in 1973, and included the Laotian Civil War and the Cambodian Civil War, which ended with all three countries becoming communist in 1975.
Your host for this program is Robert Kelleman, the founder/director of the non-profit community organizations Washington, DC History & Culture and Dallas-Texas History & Culture.
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