A courageous and startling film, Peter Davis’ landmark documentary Hearts and Minds unflinchingly confronts the United States’ involvement in Vietnam. Using a wealth of sources-from interviews to newsreels to documentary footage of the conflict at home and abroad-Davis constructs a powerfully affecting portrait of the disastrous effects of war. Explosive, persuasive, and shocking, Hearts and [...]
National Geographic journeys deep behind battle lines to experience a different side of the Vietnam War – the side seen only through the lenses of North Vietnamese photographers. Renowned British photojournalist Tim Page travels back to the land where he nearly lost his life to meet with North Vietnamese war photographers, revealing remarkable, never-before-seen photos [...]
The Fog of War, the movie that finally won Errol Morris the best documentary Oscar, is a spellbinder. Morris interviews Robert McNamara, Secretary of Defense in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, and finds a uniquely unsettling viewpoint on much of 20th-century American history. Employing a ton of archival material, including LBJ’s fascinating taped conversations from [...]
At a total cost of more than 3.1 million lives, the Vietnam conflict is, to date, America s longest and most controversial war. It also marked the first time TV journalists ventured out to the frontlines to bring the spectacle of combat into American living rooms. Across the nation, Americans watched, captivated by the surprise [...]
For decades, the war in Vietnam was the central drama on the stage of Southeast Asia. It was an intensely publicized war, the first television war that came roaring into the living rooms of America every night. Walter Cronkite tells the story of the long and divisive conflict as seen through the eyes of CBS [...]
All the confusion, pain, despair, and even hope of the men and women who served in Vietnam is captured in Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam. Read by dozens of actors such as Harvey Keitel, Matt Dillon, and Kathleen Turner, these letters show a more human story of the war than we see in most [...]
Both sober and sobering, producer-director Emile de Antonio’s In the Year of the Pig is a powerful and, no doubt for many, controversial documentary about the Vietnam War. But although the 1968 film ultimately focuses on the United States’ participation in that ill-fated venture, de Antonio provides a considerably broader historical perspective; indeed, a good [...]
French documentarian Pierre Schoendorffer served as a combat soldier in Vietnam in the 1950s during France’s quagmire. In the fall of 1966, he returned with a cameraman and spent six weeks with an American infantry platoon. This film, which won a 1968 Best Foreign Documentary Oscar, is stark and riveting. Commanded by a West Point [...]
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Thus it should come as little surprise that while the events described in Winter Soldier took place during the Vietnam conflict, the 2006 home video release of this 1972 documentary more or less coincides with recent, eerily similar revelations regarding the activities of U.S. military [...]
The Quiet Mutiny” in 1970 was the first of over 60 documentary films by Pilger. Filmed at Camp Snuffy the film presented a character study of the common US soldier during the Vietnam War revealing the shifting morale and open rebellion of Western troops. Pilger described the film as “something of a scoop” – it [...]
In 1975, John Pilger reported the end of the Vietnam War from the American Embassy in Saigon, where the last American troops fled from the roof-top helicopter pad. He was made Journalist of the Year and International Reporter of the Year for his reporting of the Vietnam War over a period of almost ten years. [...]
In 1978, three years after the fall of Saigon, John Pilger went back to Vietnam to find out what had happened under the new regime. He talks with a young tour guide at a war crimes museum, who had been imprisoned in the infamous US tiger cages. He follows a former North Vietnamese soldier into [...]
What is the psychology of war? Do soldiers become murderers when they enjoy killing? Is war beautiful? Are all humans capable of monstrous acts? FIRST KILL examines these and other questions, as it explores what war does to the human mind and soul. Interviews with several Vietnam veterans evoke the contradictory feelings that killing produces [...]
South Vietnam – Late afternoon of 18th August 1966 – for three hours, in a endless torrent of pouring rain, amid the mud and shattered trees of a rubber plantation called Long Tan, Major Harry Smith and his dispersed company of only 108 young and mainly inexperienced Australian and New Zealand soldiers were fighting for [...]
Two Days in October is a harrowing yet captivating documentary of two events occurring simultaneously on opposite sides of the globe in October 1967. Based on the book ‘They walking into Sunlight’ by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist David Maraniss, Two Days in October recounts step by step these emotionally wrenching parallel stories, told by the [...]
The Good Soldier follows the journeys of five combat veterans from different generations of American wars as they sign up, go into battle, and eventually change their minds about what it means to be a good soldier. “An astounding film ‘The Good Soldier’ should be mandatory viewing for every President and member of Congress who [...]
The Cu Chi Tunnels, is the story of life underground told by the people who lived the experience. It is a story told by a surgeon, an artist, and actress, an engineer, and the few survivors of the guerilla band who left the tunnels each night to fight against an enemy of vastly superior strength. [...]
From Pearl Harbor, the frozen battlefields of Korea, sweltering jungles of Vietnam, and to the blistering sands of Iraq, veterans tell their fascinating stories in frank and very insightful interviews. History Starts Now Productions has provided an excellent and comprehensive resource.
On March 16, 1968, a battle-scarred U.S. fighting unit entered the Vietnamese hamlet of My Lai. There, a group of soldiers murdered 500 unarmed women, children and old men. Simply and courageously, Four Hours in My Lai tells the truth about what happened–a story that should never be forgotten. Four hours in My Lai won [...]
The real story behind the longest, most controversial war in modern history. Known as history’s first “living room war,” the Vietnam conflict is presented in this nearly 10-hour documentary with clarity, authority, and insight, complete on 2 DVDs. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Peter Arnett and narrated by Richard Basehart (Moby Dick, La Strada), Vietnam: [...]
Indochine: A People’s War in Colour is a stunning new colour archive documentary from Stewart Binns and Adrian Wood. This program tells the dramatic story of the anguish, pain and courage of the people of Indochina who fought three wars in three decades. It is a story of French colonialism and oppression, of a brutal [...]
A feature length documentary about Congressional Medal of Honor recipient 1st Sgt. David H. McNerney and the men of A-Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry of the 4th Infantry Division that he trained and led into a bloody, yet forgotten battle near Polei Doc in the Central Highlands of Vietnam at the height of the Vietnam [...]
The Navy Seals and the Green Berets played critical roles during the lengthy Vietnam War. However, these Special Forces were not always allowed to fully coordinate their activities with the regular air, ground, and navy forces. As America’s Central Intelligence Agency’s interactions with the Special Forces are closely examined during this program, it becomes apparent [...]
Australians at War is a documentary series that shows the impact of war on Australians. It looks at Australian military history from the Boer War to East Timor. The series draws on a wide range of archive film and stills as well as interviews with those who took part in the various conflicts, and includes [...]
Enemy Image traces the ways us television has covered war, starting with Vietnam in the 1960s and shows how the military has devised ever-improving means of ensuring the American public never again has the real face of combat beamed directly into their living rooms. Comparing footage of Vietnam, including rarely-seen material shot in North Vietnam, [...]
Unknown Images: The Vietnam War is an English version of a French documentary showing classified footage and content gathered from Vietnamese. It is split into three sections: the war, people, and weapons and if you can ignore the often outdated music is a very interesting documentary!
A unique British perspective on the Vietnam War from 1965 -1975, as seen on British Television. A fresh look at an exhaustively documented war.
20th Century Battlefields is a documentary series presented by Peter and Dan Snow. The father and son team take a look at some of the world’s most bloodiest battles that happened during the 20th century.
Vietnam Documentary that explores what Vietnam veterans went through when they returned home and what they still go through today. Thanks to Norwich University for this great documentary. Vietnam: The Unforgiven from Norwich Television on Vimeo.
Exactly why was America in Vietnam? This seven-volume series–six years in the making and originally broadcast on public television in 1983–tells the agonizing history of Vietnam’s lengthy conflicts with some of the largest powers on Earth. While the primary focus is on the United States’ miserable efforts to prop up a porous, anti-Communist government in [...]
Their story is in danger of being lost to history. The men who came home from the Vietnam War represent a second silent generation. These are the men who won every battle in a lost war. Using the same experiential approach to storytelling as WWII in HD, HISTORY gives these veterans a voice. Through a [...]
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