The Vietnam War / Harrisburg-Hershey Film Festival

  • By Rich Copeland - Producer, WITF's Smart Talk
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It has been 42 years since the last Americans were evacuated from the U.S. embassy in Saigon, marking the end of America’s 20-year involvement in the Vietnam War.  In the years since, Americans have tried to understand the motivations that brought the U.S. to war and the impact it had on soldiers and civilians alike.

Ken Burns is an award-winning documentarian whose work includes The Civil War (1990), Baseball (1994) and The National Parks: America’s Best Idea (2009.)  His newest work, The Vietnam War, chronicles the war through the perspective of nearly 80 participants from every aspect of the war’s history; soldiers and civilians, supporters and protestors, American, North and South Vietnamese.

Thursday’s Smart Talk discusses The Vietnam War with the film’s co-director, Lynn Novick and producer Sarah Botstein.  The 18-hour documentary premieres on WITF-TV and PBS Sunday September 17th at 8 p.m.

Also, the Harrisburg/Hershey Film Festival will showcase 75 films over four days, promoting “local, national and international independent cinema in Central Pennsylvania.”  The festival will feature shorts, feature length and documentary films by and for Central Pennsylvanians.  We’ll discuss the festival with founder Hamza Ahmed and festival program director Hal Cramer.

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Hamza Ahmed and Hal Cramer – Founder and Program Director, Harrisburg-Hershey Film Festival


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