Verbatim c & p, to begin with, from PBS (Public Broadcasting System) describing the series:
The Vietnam War is a ten-part, 18-hour documentary film series
directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that will air on PBS in
September 2017. [it began airing a few weeks ago]
In an immersive 360-degree narrative, Burns and Novick tell the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never before been told on film. THE VIETNAM WAR features testimony from nearly 80 witnesses, including many Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides.
Six years in the making, the series brings the war and the chaotic epoch it encompassed viscerally to life. Written by Geoffrey C. Ward, produced by Sarah Botstein, Novick and Burns, it includes rarely seen, 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, revelatory audio recordings from inside the Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon administrations and more than 100 iconic musical recordings by many of the greatest artists of the era.
The film will be accompanied by an unprecedented outreach and public engagement program, providing opportunities for communities to participate in a national conversation about what happened during the Vietnam War, what went wrong and what lessons are to be learned. In addition, there will be a robust interactive website and an educational initiative designed to engage teachers and students in multiple platforms.
Me here: I've deliberately delayed posting this topic on this board since so many of its posters are across the ponds; I must admit to total ignorance as to what impact this war had, if any at all, on ALL other countries besides the USA & North Vietnam.
I have NOT seen anything that would lead me to believe that it is, or ever will be, broadcast in any other country besides the USA.
The last paragraph of the PBS summary states, "....unprecedented outreach and public engagement program, providing opportunities for communities to participate in a national conversation about what happened during the
Vietnam War". I have yet to come across such a "dialogue" either on the Web, or locally, but perhaps I've not been looking in the right places.
For myself I cannot bear to watch any episode without feeling a compelling urge to heave within a minute of viewing, and I have to turn it off. For me that war is NOT ancient history but a totem to a significant segment (numerically) of American society whose views on violence, then & now, and man's inhumanity to man speak volumes.
I'm positive that there are a great many Americans who feel that the war was justified, and worth the human costs. They are not about to ever change their minds on that.
Starts tomorrow in the UK on BBC
Red fought in it I think.
Vietnam was just as divisive here and we had many soldiers who paid the price. It was also a war where conscription was used to build up our forces it was that "unpopular". If this series goes so far as to explain the "why" it might alleviate some of the angst, assuming, of course, they "why" is reasonable. At the time, many did not think so.