Special Screening of "Last Days in Vietnam"

Special Screening of "Last Days in Vietnam"

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

A CIA employee helps Vietnamese evacuees onto an Air America helicopter from the top of 22 Gia Long Street, a half-mile from the U.S. Embassy.

Credit: Courtesy of © Bettman/Corbis

Join us for a free screening of Last Days In Vietnam followed by a panel discussion.

WXXI is pleased to host a special screening of The Last Days In Vietnam at the Little Theatre on Tuesday, April 21 at 7 p.m.

During the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, as the North Vietnamese Army closed in on Saigon, the South Vietnamese resistance crumbled. The United States had only a skeleton crew of diplomats and military operatives still in the country. With a communist victory inevitable and the U.S. readying to withdraw, many Americans on the ground worried their South Vietnamese allies and friends faced imprisonment or death at the hands of the approaching North Vietnamese. 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 as possible.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Mark Leary. Panelist include: Vietnam Veteran Gary Beikirch and VA counselor Laszlo Felhazy, MA.

More on the panelists and moderator:

Gary Beikrich served as a Green Beret on an A Team in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. While there Gary and his team worked with a group of indigenous people named Montagnards. Close friendships developed between them. Gary explains, "For many of us, we always wondered what happened to them after the fall of Vietnam." Gary's camp came under siege for over a month and he was wounded and med evaced back to the states. 

Laszlo Felhazy was born in Hungary and left during the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, arriving in the States in June of 1957. He attended college until drafted by the Army in 1967, serving in Vietnam as a medic until wounded and discharged in 1969. He returned to college and obtained a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology in 1976. He began working with war-zone veterans in 1979 for the Department of Veterans Affairs.  From 1982 to the present, he has been a counselor in the Vet Center Program, a special Service in the VA that works with war zone veterans and their families.

Mark Leary is Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of Xerox, has more than 30 years of experience in security management and technical intelligence. Before joining Xerox, Mark served as CISO for professional services firm TASC, and earlier served as director and deputy CISO for Northrop Grumman. Previously, Mark served 22 years in the U.S. Army, where he contributed to establishing the information operations capability in cyber intelligence, computer network defense and information assurance for the U.S. Army Reserve.

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Produced and Directed by Rory Kennedy, "Last Days in Vietnam" was nominated for a 2015 Academy Award® for Documentary Feature. It will air on WXXI-TV Tuesday, April 28 at 9 p.m.

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Veterans Connections:

To draw awareness to the issues of local veterans, WXXI and the Little Theatre convened a Veterans Affairs Task Force to identify the most pressing needs and issues facing veterans and their families in the Greater Rochester area and to make recommendations about ways that WXXI/Little programming and outreach can help address those needs.

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