American Experience: Last Days in Vietnam

American Experience: Last Days in Vietnam

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Last Days of Vietnam

April, 1975. During the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, North Vietnamese forces closed in on Saigon as South Vietnamese resistance crumbled. With the clock ticking and the city under fire, an unlikely group of heroes took matters into their own hands. Airs Friday May 5, 2017 at 7pm on WXXI-World

City after city and village after village fell to the North while the U.S. diplomats and military operatives still in the country contemplated withdrawal. With the lives of thousands of South Vietnamese hanging in the balance, those in control faced an impossible decision—who would go and who would be left behind to face brutality, imprisonment, or even death. At the risk of their careers and possible court-martial, a handful of individuals took matters into their own hands. Engaging in unsanctioned and often makeshift operations, they waged a desperate effort to evacuate as many South Vietnamese as possible. The program will re-air on WXXI-World on

Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 12am-1:30am
Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 8am-9:30am
Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 2pm-3:30pm

In conjunction with the broadcase, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE and StoryCorps have partnered to bring a collection of interviews with Vietnamese Americans and Vietnam Veterans. The First Days Story Project traveled to six cities across the country to collect these stories that can be heard here: pbs.org/firstdays.

Produced and Directed by Rory Kennedy, "Last Days in Vietnam" was nominated for a 2015 Academy Award® for Documentary Feature

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