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Last Days in Vietnam
Saturday, March 21, 2:00 p.m.
CALS Ron Robinson Theater
The emergency evacuation of U.S. forces in the final days of the Vietnam War is examined in Last Days in Vietnam, a PBS American Experience film which has been nominated for numerous awards including an Academy Award for Best Documentary. The film premieres in Arkansas at the Central Arkansas Library System's (CALS) Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave., on Saturday, March 21, at 2 p.m.
Admission is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served, and the doors will open at 1:30 p.m. The television broadcast premiere is Tuesday, April 28, at 8 p.m. on AETN.
Last Days in Vietnam documents the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, when the North Vietnamese Army closed in on Saigon as South Vietnamese resistance crumbled. The United States had only a skeleton crew of diplomats and military operatives still in the country. As Communist victory became inevitable and the U.S. readied to withdraw, some Americans began to consider the certain imprisonment and possible death of their South Vietnamese allies, co-workers, and friends.
Meanwhile, the prospect of an official evacuation of South Vietnamese became terminally delayed by Congressional gridlock and the inexplicably optimistic U.S. Ambassador. With the clock ticking and the city under fire, a number of heroic Americans took matters into their own hands, engaging in unsanctioned and often makeshift operations in a desperate effort to save as many South Vietnamese lives as possible.
Last Days in Vietnam was produced and directed by Rory Kennedy, an Emmy Award-winning independent documentary filmmaker and co-founder and president of Moxie Firecracker Films. Her work has been shown on PBS, HBO, A&E, MTV, and Lifetime.
The screening is presented by the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, a department of CALS. For more information, call 501-918-3033.