The Vietnam War is a ten-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. In an immersive 360-degree narrative, Burns and Novick tell the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never before been told on film. The Vietnam War features testimony from nearly 100 witnesses.
A Marine explains that soldiers have to adapt to the atrocities of war.
A decorated Army veteran recalls the courage and loyalty he observed from young men serving in the Vietnam War.
A captured Army doctor recounts his experience of being taken prisoner by the Viet Cong.
Soldiers discuss the psychological shock of witnessing death on the battlefield. Journalist Neil Sheehan talks about the courage he observed during the fighting in the Ia Drang Valley.
While many Americans know little of the conflict in Vietnam, an antiwar movement begins to grow. Faculty at the University of Michigan organize an all-night discussion, dubbed a “teach-in,” to promote debate on the subject.
In Hanoi, two North Vietnamese factions disagree about how best to proceed in the war. China and the Soviet Union offer conflicting advice.
After North Vietnamese forces shoot down a U.S. helicopter, South Vietnamese Marines are sent in to retrieve the bodies of four American military advisors. En route to the crash site, they are attacked.
Despite the dangers, reporters flock to cover the conflict in Vietnam. One journalist discovers that it is not always possible to remain neutral reporting on war.
Students across South Vietnam protest the government’s treatment of Buddhist monks. President Diem arrests thousands of students in response.
On September 2, 1945, Vietnamese civilians gather to hear Ho Chi Minh declare the country’s independence.
In 1919, a young Vietnamese man, who would eventually be known by the pseudonym Ho Chi Minh, delivers a letter to the American delegation to the peace talks in Paris, in the hopes that it will reach President Woodrow Wilson.
An antiwar activist recalls a large protest march in New York City, where Martin Luther King, Jr., called for an end to the bombing.
A Viet Cong soldier realizes his American enemies, like his own countrymen, have a profound sense of humanity.
During the Tet Offensive, Duong Van Mai Elliott visits her family in South Vietnam. She remembers their fear that Viet Cong forces could be hiding nearby.
To escape a war they didn’t believe in, some draftees went to Canada. One of many perspectives in The Vietnam War: An Epic Event from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. #VietnamWarPBS
A Marine phones his mother when he doesn’t think he’ll make it out of Vietnam alive. One of many perspectives in The Vietnam War: An Epic Event from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. #VietnamWarPBS
A soldier describes the enormous high and enormous cost of being in combat. One of many perspectives in The Vietnam War: An Epic Event from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. #VietnamWarPBS
A mother wonders how she’ll be informed if her son is injured in combat. One of many perspectives in The Vietnam War: An Epic Event from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. #VietnamWarPBS
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A Marine describes his heartbreak at returning home to face angry protesters.
A journalist describes the scene of a violent clash between police and student protesters at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
A Marine contends that a dark side of human nature may be in us and that we are capable of tremendous violence.
A GI talks about the danger of landmines and the courage it took just to walk in Vietnam.