English and Vietnamese with English subtitles, 2013, 98 minutes, color, U.S.A., Doc Premieres
During the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army closes in on Saigon as South Vietnamese resistance crumbles. 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 prepares to withdraw. As they begin to realize the reality of certain imprisonment and possible death of their South Vietnamese allies, American diplomats and soldiers confront 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 the clock ticking and the city under fire, heroes emerge as a small handful of Americans take matters into their own hands.
Renowned Sundance Film Festival veteran Rory Kennedy dares to reopen the books on a war that scarred our national psyche. Chronicling a story few of us know, Kennedy’s potent documentary may both shock you and restore your faith in humanity. - D.C.
About the Director
Rory Kennedy is 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 televised on HBO, A&E, MTV, Lifetime, and PBS. Her most recent film, Ethel, premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for five Primetime Emmy Awards.
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