The Tennessee State Museum and Nashville Public Television present a free preview screening of The Vietnam War, a film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
|Followed by Vietnam Voices — a panel discussion with veterans who served in the war
The State Museum and NPT will present a free, advance film screening of The Vietnam War, by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, on Saturday, September 9, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the museum.
This screening will be followed by a panel discussion on how the war impacted the lives of Vietnam veterans from Tennessee. Panelists include Barry Rice, president of the Tennessee Council of Vietnam Veterans of America, 1st Air Cavalry Division, awarded Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts; George Paine, Infantry Platoon leader, awarded Bronze Star and Purple heart; and Thurman Mullins, corpsman in the 1st Marine Recon Battalion, awarded the Bronze Star. Dr. Lisa Budreau, senior curator of military history at the Tennessee State Museum, will moderate the panel.
The Vietnam War is a new 10-part, 18-hour documentary film series, directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, which will premiere on Nashville Public Television (NPT) in September. In an immersive 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.
“The Vietnam War was a decade of agony that took the lives of more than 58,000 Americans,” Burns said. “Not since the Civil War have we as a country been so torn apart. There wasn’t an American alive then who wasn’t affected in some way — from those who fought and sacrificed in the war, to families of service members and POWs, to those who protested the war in open conflict with their government and fellow citizens. More than 40 years after it ended, we can’t forget Vietnam, and we are still arguing about why it went wrong, who was to blame, and whether it was all worth it.”
"We are all searching for some meaning in this terrible tragedy. Ken and I have tried to shed new light on the war by looking at it from the bottom up, the top down and from all sides,” Novick said. “In addition to dozens of Americans who shared their stories, we interviewed many Vietnamese on both the winning and losing sides, and were surprised to learn that the war remains as painful and unresolved for them as it is for us. Within this almost incomprehensibly destructive event, we discovered profound, universal human truths, as well as uncanny resonances with recent events.”
Ten 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, and revelatory audio recordings from inside the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations.
Warning: The content in The Vietnam War contains graphic scenes of violence that are not suitable for some audiences. Accordingly viewer discretion is advised.
At the screening, a counselor will be present for anyone who may wish to seek his services. Donald McCasland is a licensed social worker and certified clinical trauma professional who retired from the U.S. Army after more than 21 years, having served in Desert Shield/Desert Storm, as well as three tours in Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division as a platoon sergeant. He will see people in a private area onsite, known as the Museum Experience Room. State Museum staff will be available to direct visitors to the room.
The series The Vietnam War
will premiere September 17, 2017, on PBS stations nationwide. More information about the series can be found at wnpt.org
This event is currently full. However, if patrons with tickets do not show up prior to the beginning of the screening, those seats will become available.