Ken Burns will produce a 10-12 hour documentary about the history “and meaning” of the Vietnam War, PBS announced Monday.
The series, PBS explained, will explore the military, political, cultural, social, and human “dimensions” of what has been called “the war of lost illusions.”
The documentary series will focus on the human experience of the conflict, PBS said, using eyewitness testimonies of so-called “ordinary” people – American and Vietnamese – whose lives were impacted by the war. The series will also tell the story of the millions of American citizens who became deeply opposed to the war in Vietnam, taking to the streets in some of the largest protest demonstrations the nation has ever seen, PBS said.
“Today, more than four decades after it ended, nearly everyone has an opinion about the Vietnam War, but few Americans truly know its history and there is little consensus about what happened there, or why,” Burns said Monday in a statement.
“Our series will shed light both on the history of the war, and on our inability to find common ground about it.”
And Burns’ longtime producing partner, Lynn Novick got elected to note that, “by providing an opportunity for veterans, their families, and those who opposed the war alike, to bear witness to their experiences, we believe that this series will help heal the deep divisions that have endured in America for decades over this enormously controversial and tragic war.”