Monday, 27 April 2015 - 7:30pm
Location: Kane Hall, University of Washington
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In partnership with KCTS 9 and The Seattle Times, join us for a preview screening of the upcoming Academy Award nominated PBS and American Experience film, Last Days in Vietnam. Directed by Rory Kennedy, Last Days in Vietnam chronicles the final days of the Vietnam War through personal stories and archival footage.
7:00 p.m. : Doors open
7:30 p.m. : Preview & Discussion: Watch a 40-minute preview of Last Days in Vietnam followed by a moderated conversation with Dan Evans (former state Governor, 1965-1977), Ralph Munro (former Secretary of State), Miki Nguyen (Last Days in Vietnam), Thanh Tan (Editorial Writer, The Seattle Times), and Mark Samels (Executive Producer, American Experience). Afterwards, please join us as the community recognizes Governor Evans for the role he played in welcoming Vietnamese refugees to Washington state.
This event is free and open to the public. Space is available on a first come, first serve basis. RSVP is not required, but much appreciated. Please RSVP via our Eventbrite page.
About the Film
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. They were helped by 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.
Last Days in Vietnam premieres on April 28 at 9pm on KCTS 9.