KLRU's Vietnam War Initiative

A six-month initiative inspired by THE VIETNAM WAR film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.

In the coming months, KLRU will be hosting a community conversation between youth, veterans and Vietnamese Americans to discuss the conflict and how it still impacts our world today. KLRU will also feature personal stories from Central Texans in our Austin Revealed series. The series will feature veterans, protestors and Vietnamese Americans sharing their experiences during the war and how it has had a lasting impact on them.

This site will expand to feature local resources, additional video content, and ways for people to share their own stories about the war. For now, you can sign up to get information about how you can host a preview screening.

We will also be encouraging community groups to host screenings and discussions of the documentary. If you would like to receive more information or are interested in hosting an event please fill out the form below.

Ken Burns The Vietnam War Promotion Poster

About 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. 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 100 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.

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