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WATCH: ‘Last Days In Vietnam’ Trailer Is A Must-See

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WATCH: ‘Last Days In Vietnam’ Trailer Is A Must-See


During the spring of 1975, as Washington policymakers confronted the inevitability of a North Vietnamese victory against the U.S.-backed government of South Vietnam, they made a decision that layered dishonor on the American defeat. They would do nothing to evacuate the South Vietnamese associated with the U.S. war effort, whose lives were in grave peril.

Amid the chaos of the final weeks of war, a small but determined group of American service personnel, mostly of lower rank, were determined to rescue as many of the endangered Vietnamese as possible before finally abandoning the U.S. Embassy on April 30, 1975, as Saigon fell.

Now Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Rory Kennedy reveals the gripping, untold details of those courageous efforts in her new documentary, Last Days In Vietnam, which opens in theaters across the country this week.  Featuring remarkable action footage shot at the time, the movie skillfully recounts a story from our past that is both uplifting and tragic – and does so with tremendous sensitivity and artistry.

Its theatrical run will be limited, so be sure to see it soon at one of the local cinemas listed here.

Joe Conason

A highly experienced journalist, author and editor, Joe Conason is the editor-in-chief of The National Memo, founded in July 2011. He was formerly the executive editor of the New York Observer, where he wrote a popular political column for many years. His columns are distributed by Creators Syndicate and his reporting and writing have appeared in many publications around the world, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, The New Yorker, The New Republic, The Nation, and Harpers. Since November 2006, he has served as editor of The Investigative Fund, a nonprofit journalism center, where he has assigned and edited dozens of award-winning articles and broadcasts. He is also the author of two New York Times bestselling books, The Hunting of the President (St. Martins Press, 2000) and Big Lies: The Right-Wing Propaganda Machine and How It Distorts the Truth (St. Martins Press, 2003). Currently he is working on a new book about former President Bill Clinton's life and work since leaving the White House in 2001. He is a frequent guest on radio and television, including MSNBC's Morning Joe, and lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

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  1. Whatmeworry September 6, 2014

    Nutting new here

  2. holyreality September 8, 2014

    Ignorance is strength, and Americans LOVE LOVE LOVE ignoring shameful parts of our history. Not only that, any person who tells these truths are condemned for blaming America first, thus if you hate Amurrica, you have nothing to learn from, but everything to defame.


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