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MIPTV Picks: My Lai (Best in Show)

On March 16, 1968, American soldiers from the Bravo and Charlie companies entered the tiny hamlets of My Lai and My Khe in South Vietnam and embarked upon a mission that would come to symbolize for many worldwide the atrocity and senselessness of war.
March 31, 2010


On March 16, 1968, American soldiers from the Bravo and Charlie companies entered the tiny hamlets of My Lai and My Khe in South Vietnam and embarked upon a mission that would come to symbolize for many worldwide the atrocity and senselessness of war. On that day, hundreds of civilians – most of them women, children and elderly – were slaughtered, under order from each company’s commanding officer. The My Lai massacre prompted a cover-up, a subsequent inquiry, and one court martial conviction for murder. In this riveting doc created for PBS’ ‘American Experience,’ Barak Goodman (Scottsboro: An American Tragedy) revisits My Lai, framing eyewitness accounts from soldiers and survivors with archive video and recently discovered audio from the Peers Inquiry.

Partners: Ark Media (Brooklyn) for PBS, distributed through PBS International

Length: 1 x 83 minutes

Airing: April 22, 2010 (PBS)

Rights available: Worldwide

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