Posted on August 2, 2017 at 6:00 am
From Sandra Kernerman, Director of Special Giving, KSPS Public Television
Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s ten-part, 18-hour documentary series, The Vietnam War, tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history as it has never before been told on film. Visceral and immersive, the series explores the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides—Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as combatants and civilians from North and South Vietnam.
Six years in the making, the series includes rarely seen and digitally re-mastered archival footage from sources around the globe, photographs taken by some of the most celebrated photojournalists of the 20th Century, historic television broadcasts, evocative home movies, and secret audio recordings from inside the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations. The Vietnam War features more than 100 iconic musical recordings from greatest artists of the era and haunting original music from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross as well as the Silk Road Ensemble featuring Yo-Yo Ma.
Get an advance look at one of our Preview Screenings, featuring interviews with filmmakers, behind-the-scenes footage, and exclusive clips from the series.
KSPS Preview Screenings
The documentary series by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, The Vietnam War, premiers on KSPS on September 17. You can watch a special pre-screening version of the documentary, and KSPS staff will be available afterward to answer questions.
Sunday, Aug 13, 2–3:30pm
Monday, Aug 14, 6:30–8pm
Saturday, Sep 9, 2–3:30pm
Tuesday, Sep 12, 6:30–8pm
Hosted by Whitworth University
ROBINSON TEACHING THEATRE (WHITWORTH CAMPUS)
Tuesday, Sep 12, 7–8:30pm
After the documentary series premiers, you also have the opportunity to listen to live music from the era.
Rhythms of Controversy: Songs from the Vietnam War Era
Brad Keeler and Linda Parman perform music of the Vietnam War era and explore the culture and politics surrounding the songs.
Monday, Sep 18, 3–4pm
Thursday, Sep 21, 7–8pm
Saturday, Sep 23, 3–4pm
Thursday, Sep 28, 7–8pm
Saturday, Sep 30, 11am–12pm
Thursday, Oct 5, 6:30–7:30pm
Sunday, Oct 8, 2–3pm
Monday, Oct 9, 4–5pm
Saturday, Oct 14, 3–4pm
Sunday, Oct 15, 2–3pm
From August 24–27, The Wall That Heals, a 250-foot replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, along with a mobile Education Center, will be at Mirabeau Meadows at Mirabeau Point Park in Spokane Valley. You can pay your respects and visit the mobile education center anytime from Thursday, August 24, 10am through Sunday, August 27, 4pm. The opening ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, August 24, 9am.
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