Soldiers & Sailors to host screening of the Academy Awards nominated documentary “Last Days in Vietnam” Produced & Directed by Rory Kennedy
Posted on February 26, 2015
PITTSBURGH — Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum Trust, Inc. announced it will host a documentary screening of the “Last Days in Vietnam” Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium with a special Question & Answer session with Colonel Stuart Herrington.
“We are honored to host this documentary film that captures real drama and reveals the harrowing story of courage and bravery by American soldiers who risked their lives during the Vietnam War in an attempt to rescue those left behind during the evacuation of South Vietnam”, said President and CEO John F. McCabe.
Produced by PBS’ American Experience and directed by Rory Kennedy, Last Days in Vietnam tells the story of the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War. As North Vietnamese forces closed in on Saigon, South Vietnamese resistance quickly crumbled. With the specter of a Communist victory looming and only a skeleton crew of diplomats and military operatives still in the country, the United States prepared to withdraw. As they began to realize the likely imprisonment and possible death of their South Vietnamese allies, American diplomats and soldiers confronted a moral quandary: 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 can. With time running out and the city under fire, an unlikely group of heroes emerged as Americans and South Vietnamese took matters into their own hands. The documentary is told with respectful reflection about the most highly politicized war in American history.
Stuart Herrington, retired United States Army Colonel, interrogation consultant, best selling author, and native of Pittsburgh has had a career in human and counterintelligence that few can rival in the United States. He will be on hand to introduce the screening and afterwards to answer questions.
Visit Soldiers & Sailors website at www.soldiersandsailorshall.org to learn more about the producer & director Rory Kennedy and view the HD trailer of the film.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and admission is FREE. The documentary is about 98 minutes.