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Last Days In Vietnam
October 29, 2014 @ 7:30 pm - 9:05 pm
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Few Americans know much about the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War as the panicked South Vietnamese people desperately attempted to escape. On the ground, American soldiers and diplomats confronted a moral quandary: whether to obey White House orders to evacuate only U.S. citizens or risk being charged with treason and save the lives of as many South Vietnamese citizens as they could. LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM at heart is a story of heroism at a time American hubris was brought crashing to earth. It is a story that is as important now as ever.
“Deftly woven…a concise and gripping film. ” — New York Times
“As a portrait of America in a moment both of idealism and betrayal, the movie is heartbreaking as well as inspiring. ” – David Denby, New Yorker
“At its core, [it] is about moral courage – the bravery to confront the question of ‘who goes and who gets left behind’ ” – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
“This film is stellar, a dead-on stare at the moments this country tries not to remember. ” – Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice
“In sum, Last Days is the best kind of doc – it ties you up in knots. ” – David Edelstein, New York Magazine
“Sometimes the stories we think we know, the stories where we don’t want to hear another word, turn out to be the most involving of all, the ones we in fact know the least about. So it is with LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM. Not an examination of why we were in Vietnam or whether we should have been there in the first place, this altogether splendid documentary, directed by Rory Kennedy, is instead a thrilling and dramatic narrative of what happened in the country as the wheels started to fall off of America’s involvement.” -Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times