Latchis will screen preview of new Ken Burns film, ‘The Vietnam War’

BRATTLEBORO — Vermont PBS presents an exclusive preview screening of The Vietnam War, a film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, on Thursday, Aug. 24, at 7:30 p.m., at the Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St.

This free screening event will include a 1-hour preview of all 10 episodes of the documentary, followed by a panel discussion with Dr. Robert Tortolani, who was an Army doctor in Vietnam in 1968-69; Dr. Thomas Hoskins, a Quaker who was a doctor in Vietnam for the American Friends Service Committee in 1973-75; and Robert Schmid of the Veterans Education Project, who was a soldier in Vietnam in 1968.

Vermont PBS will air the new landmark documentary event starting Sept. 17. Registration for Aug. 24 is free. RSVP today to reserve a seat at

This 10-part, 18-hour series tells the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never before been told on film. It features testimony from nearly 100 witnesses, including many Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides.

Six years in the making, the series brings the war and the chaotic epoch it encompassed viscerally to life.

Written by Geoffrey C. Ward and produced by Sarah Botstein, Novick, and Burns, the series includes rarely seen, digitally remastered archival footage from sources around the globe, photographs taken by some of the most celebrated photojournalists of the 20th Century, historic television broadcasts, evocative home movies, revelatory audio recordings from inside the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations, and more than 100 iconic musical recordings by many of the greatest artists of the era.

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