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Déjà Vu (1858-1961)
Episode 1 of The Vietnam War
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.
Riding the Tiger (1961-1963)
Episode 2 of The Vietnam War
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.
The River Styx (January 1964-December 1965)
Episode 3 of The Vietnam War
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.
Resolve (January 1966-June 1967)
Episode 4 of The Vietnam War
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.
Things Fall Apart (January 1968-July 1968)
Episode 6 of The Vietnam War
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."
This Is What We Do (July 1967-December 1967)
Episode 5 of The Vietnam War
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.
The Veneer of Civilization (June 1968-May 1969)
Episode 7 of The Vietnam War
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.
The History of the World (April 1969-May 1970)
Episode 8 of The Vietnam War
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.
A Disrespectful Loyalty (May 1970-March 1973)
Episode 9 of The Vietnam War
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.
Hearts and Minds
Part of the Series: Janus World Documentaries Collection
A courageous and startling film, Peter Davis's landmark documentary Hearts and Minds unflinchingly confronts the United States' involvement in Vietnam. Using a wealth of sources--from interviews to newsreels to documentary footage of the conflict at home and abroad--Davis constructs a…
The Vietnam War - A Series by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
An immersive documentary film series directed by acclaimed filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, tells the epic story of one of the most divisive, consequential and misunderstood events in American history, as it has never before been told on film.…
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The Weight of Memory (March 1973-Onward)
Episode 10 of The Vietnam War
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.
The Architecture of Doom
Featuring never-before-seen film footage of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime, The Architecture of Doom captures the inner workings of the Third Reich and illuminates the Nazi aesthetic in art, architecture and popular culture. From Nazi party rallies to the…
The Cause - 1861
Part of the Series: Ken Burns: The Civil War
Beginning with a searing indictment of slavery, this first episode dramatically evokes the causes of the war, from the Cotton Kingdom of the South to the northern abolitionists who opposed it. Here are the burning questions of Union and States'…
Finding Oscar - Guatemala's Legacy of Violence and Justice
From Executive Producer Steven Spielberg comes an inspiring documentary that sheds light on a forgotten massacre during Guatemala's civil war. Nearly 30 years later, a forensic scientist and prosecutor help bring justice to those responsible... by finding the missing boy…
A Necessary War
Part of the Series: Ken Burns: The War
After a haunting overview of the Second World War, an epoch of killing that engulfed the world from 1939 to 1945 and cost at least 50 million lives, the inhabitants of four towns -- Mobile, Alabama; Sacramento, California; Waterbury, Connecticut;…
Autumn Gem - Modern China's First Feminist
Meet the "Chinese Joan of Arc," Qiu Jin (Qiu Jin ) (1875-1907), a radical women's rights activist who defied tradition to become the leader of a revolutionary army. Qiu Jin boldly challenged traditional gender roles and demanded equal rights and…
Okinawa: The Afterburn - A Comprehensive Look at the Battle of Okinawa
Released in Japan on the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Okinawa, OKINAWA: THE AFTERBURN is the first documentary to provide a comprehensive look at the battle and the ensuing 70-year occupation of Okinawa by the United States military. On…
Above and Beyond - The Birth of the Israeli Air Force
Would you risk everything - your future, your citizenship, even your life - to help a brother in need? In 1948, just three years after the liberation of Nazi death camps, a group of Jewish American pilots answered a call…
Last Days in Vietnam
Part of the Series: American Experience
April, 1975. During the chaotic final days of the American involvement in the Vietnam War, as the North Vietnamese Army closed in on Saigon, South Vietnamese resistance crumbled. City after city and village after village fell to the North while…