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MIPCOM Picks 2014 Best In Show: Last Days in Vietnam

In April of 1975, as Saigon was about to fall to the North Vietnamese, the window of time for both American diplomats and military operatives, and South Vietnamese looking to evacuate was rapidly closing.
October 1, 2014


Partners: A Moxie Firecracker production for ‘American Experience’; distributed by PBS International
Length: 1 x 114 minutes or 1 x 98 minutes
Premiered: Sundance, 2014; airing on PBS in spring, 2015 Rights available: Worldwide

In April of 1975, as Saigon was about to fall to the North Vietnamese, the window of time for both American diplomats and military operatives, and South Vietnamese looking to evacuate was rapidly closing. And for those Americans aiming to leave, there was an additional matter of grave concern – whether to obey the U.S. government mandate to evacuate only American citizens, or to risk being charged with treason for helping facilitate the escape of the South Vietnamese. Rory Kennedy (Ethel, Ghosts of Abu Ghraib) revisits those crucial days with stunning archive and riveting testimony from those who were there, casting a long- overdue spotlight on the many examples of selfless heroism that marked those final fraught days of the conflict.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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