“… one of the most powerful, moving and truthful statements about that war yet devised …"
– The Christian Science Monitor
In November 1982, 150,000 Vietnam veterans came to Washington, D.C. to participate in five days of emotional ceremonies ending in the dedication of the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial Wall.
This film is about those five days of healing. But it is also a record of the extremes of emotion that surfaced and the immense sadness that mixed with tears of joy and pride throughout that week.
Vietnam was a traumatic experience for all Americans, those who fought and those who stayed behind. Vietnam Memorial (50 min.) does not deal with the issues of the conflict, but with the humanity and dignity of those whose service too often was repaid with painful detachment and national indifference. The power of these veterans' words and actions force us to see past the wall of our own memories and emotions.
Available on DVD in English from York Zimmerman Inc. for $20 including shipping. Send your request via email to YZI.
Broadcast on PBS Frontline in 1983, 1984 and 1991.