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The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick 2017

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Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's ten-part documentary series, THE VIETNAM WAR, tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history. Not edited for television.

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1. Déjà Vu (1858-1961)

Vietnamese revolutionaries led by Ho Chi Minh end nearly a century of French colonial occupation. Vietnam is divided in two. Communists in the North aim to reunify the country, while America supports Diem's untested regime in the South.

TV-MASubtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 1 hour, 22 minutes Release date: September 16, 2017
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2. Riding the Tiger (1961-1963)

Kennedy inspires idealistic Americans to serve their country and wrestles with how deeply to get involved in South Vietnam. As the autocratic Diem regime faces a communist insurgency and Buddhist protests, a political crisis unfolds.

TV-MASubtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 1 hour, 23 minutes Release date: September 17, 2017
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3. The River Styx (January 1964-December 1965)

With South Vietnam in chaos, hardliners in Hanoi seize the initiative and send combat troops to the South. President Johnson escalates America's military commitment, authorizing bombing of the North and deploying ground troops in the South.

TV-MASubtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 1 hour, 55 minutes Release date: September 18, 2017
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4. Resolve (January 1966-June 1967)

North Vietnamese troops and materiel stream down the Ho Chi Minh Trail into the South. As an antiwar movement builds back home, soldiers and Marines discover that the war they are fighting in Vietnam is nothing like their fathers' war.

TV-MASubtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 1 hour, 54 minutes Release date: September 19, 2017
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5. This Is What We Do (July 1967-December 1967)

American casualties mount as they face deadly North Vietnamese ambushes and artillery. Hanoi lays plans for a massive surprise offensive, and the Johnson administration reassures the American public that victory is in sight.

TV-MASubtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 1 hour, 25 minutes Release date: September 20, 2017
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6. Things Fall Apart (January 1968-July 1968)

On the Tet holiday, North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces launch attacks on cities and military bases throughout the South, suffering devastating losses but casting doubt on Johnson's promise that there is "light at the end of the tunnel."

TV-MASubtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 1 hour, 25 minutes Release date: September 23, 2017
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7. The Veneer of Civilization (June 1968-May 1969)

Public support for the war declines, and American men of draft age face difficult decisions and moral choices. After police battle with demonstrators in the streets of Chicago, Richard Nixon wins the presidency. In Vietnam the war goes on.

TV-MASubtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 1 hour, 48 minutes Release date: September 24, 2017
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8. The History of the World (April 1969-May 1970)

With morale plummeting in Vietnam, President Nixon begins withdrawing American troops. As news breaks of an unthinkable massacre committed by American soldiers, the public debates the rectitude of the war.

TV-MASubtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 1 hour, 49 minutes Release date: September 25, 2017
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9. A Disrespectful Loyalty (May 1970-March 1973)

U.S. airpower makes the difference in halting a North Vietnamese offensive. After being re-elected, Nixon announces Hanoi has agreed to a peace deal. American prisoners of war will finally come home-to a bitterly divided country.

TV-MASubtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 1 hour, 49 minutes Release date: September 26, 2017
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10. The Weight of Memory (March 1973-Onward)

While the Watergate scandal rivets Americans' attention, the Vietnamese continue in a civil war. When North Vietnamese troops pour into the South, Saigon collapses. For the next 40 years, all sides search for healing and reconciliation.

TV-MASubtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 1 hour, 48 minutes Release date: September 27, 2017
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This program takes a look at creation of the upcoming series from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick: THE VIETNAM WAR. Featuring interviews with the filmmakers, behind-the-scenes footage, and exclusive clips from the series, this program will give viewers an advance look at this Fall's most anticipated film.

TV-MASubtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: August 27, 2017
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