|Location:||Cinema Center, Downtown Fort Wayne|
437 East Berry Street,
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
Join PBS39 at Cinema Center in Downtown Fort Wayne on Sunday, April 26 at 2:00pm for a free public screening of the Academy-Award nominated film, Last Days In Vietnam.
In April of 1975, the North Vietnamese Army was closing in on Saigon as South Vietnamese resistance was crumbling. Approximately 5,000 Americans remained with roughly 24 hours to get out. Their South Vietnamese allies, co-workers, and friends faced certain imprisonment and possible death if they remained behind, yet there was no official evacuation plan in place. Still, over the last days in Vietnam, with the clock ticking and the city under fire, 135,000 South Vietnamese managed to escape with help from a number of heroic Americans who took matters into their own hands, engaging in unsanctioned and often makeshift operations in a desperate effort to save as many people as possible.
Now, 40 years later, this Academy-Award nominated documentary by Rory Kennedy tells the stories of American officers on the ground found themselves faced with a moral dilemma: whether to follow official policy and evacuate only U.S. citizens and their dependents -- or to break the law and save the men, women and children they had come to value and love in their years in Vietnam.
At the risk of their careers and possible court-martial, a handful of individuals took matters into their own hands. Engaging in unsanctioned and often makeshift operations, they waged a desperate effort to save as many South Vietnamese lives as possible.
Last Days In Vietnam was produced by Rory Kennedy, an Emmy Award-winning independent documentary filmmaker, as well as cofounder and president of Moxie Firecracker Films. Her films cover an array of issues ranging from poverty to politics to human rights.
Her work has been shown on HBO, A&E, MTV, Lifetime, and PBS. Her most recent project, Ethel, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 2012, and was nominated for 5 Primetime Emmys. The feature length documentary is Kennedy’s most personal project to date, providing an inside look at the remarkable life of Ethel Kennedy, Rory’s mother and wife to Robert F. Kennedy. Ethel was broadcast on HBO in 2012.
Kennedy has directed and produced more than 25 documentaries including Ghosts of Abu Ghraib (Primetime Emmy Award winner for Best Non Fiction Film, 2007); Thank You, Mr. President: Helen Thomas at the White House; American Hollow; A Boy’s Life; and Pandemic: Facing AIDS.
Please note: Even though this film is unrated, parents of young children and sensitive viewers should be aware of strong language and scenes of a violent nature.
Following this film, patrons will have the opportunity to discuss this presentation and engage in a discussion of how this particular event made an impact on their lives, their community and our country as a whole.
It needs to be said that community screenings don't happen without the partnership of great organizations such as Cinema Center. We thank them for their support of PBS39.
Last Days in Vietnam will see it's broadcast premiere on PBS39/channel 39.1 at 9:00pm, Tuesday, April 28.
|Location:||The Lincoln Financial Event Center at Parkview Field|
1301 Ewing Street,
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
SAVE THE DATE!
PBS39's annual Antiques & Collectibles evauation event WHAT'S IT WORTH? is returning to the Lincoln Financial Event Center at Parkview Field Sunday, May 3 from 12 Noon to 4:00pm.
Have YOUR personal treasures evaluated by these Fort Wayne area experts:
(PLEASE: No firearms will be evaluated at this event.)
Cost: $10 per each item evaluated OR $25 for Three Items. Limit three items per person, please. All evaluations presented verbally.
This special event to benefit PBS39/Fort Wayne Public Television is graciously sponsored by: