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Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association (Arlington, VA 22206-3440)
David S. Thompson (Project Director: August 2014 to July 2015)
Anne Harrington (Project Director: July 2015 to present)
The Vietnam War

Production of a ten-part, 18-hour television series exploring the Vietnam War from a range of U.S. and Vietnamese perspectives.

"The Vietnam War" is a 10-part documentary series by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that brings to life one of the defining events of 20th-century American history. Airing on PBS in 2017, it will present a groundbreaking narrative of the war intended to inspire a long overdue conversation about this watershed in our history. The film is informed by the best and most recent scholarship about the war, and built around interviews with nearly one hundred American and Vietnamese witnesses, as well as exhaustively researched archival material from around the globe. It addresses wide-ranging themes including colonialism, nationalism and the Cold War; the nature of leadership; propaganda and the creation of media; diversity, class and ethnicity; the changing American cultural landscape; and religion, ethics and morality. The attached proposal describes plans for the production of the film, its comprehensive website, and an outreach campaign designed to engage a broad and diverse audience.

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Project fields:
U.S. History

Media Projects Production

Public Programs

$1,000,000 (approved)
$1,000,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2015 – 12/31/2017