‘The Vietnam War’ on Maine Public

The Documentary

The Vietnam War is a ten-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that will air on Maine Public Television in September 2017.

Members of the 196th Light Infantry Brigade on an armored personnel carrier, 1968.
Credit Bob and Chuck Riddle

In an immersive 360-degree narrative, Burns and Novick tell the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never before been told on film. The Vietnam War features testimony from nearly 80 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.

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Community Events

In August and September, Maine Public held free screenings of portions of The Vietnam War documentary across the state in Camden, Portland, Bangor, Falmouth, Presque Isle, and Damariscotta. Many of these were accompanied by community discussions about the human experience during the Vietnam War.

Adria O. Horn, director of the Maine Bureau of Veterans' Services, served as the moderator for each of these type of screenings and engaged a rotating panel of individuals who either participated in the war, protested against the conflict, or currently work with veterans across Maine. Panelists included Chris Beam, Ron Deprez, Jim Doherty, Nathaniel Grace, Kirk Grant, Scott Hutcherson, Bill Jefferson, Melanie Morin, Karen Olson, and Hank Schmelzer.

Photo Galleries

Click on the links below to view photos of each moderated screening event.

Share Your Own Story

Maine Public is encouraging Vietnam Veterans and anyone affected by the conflict to share their own story on the Vietnam War and correspondence they had during or after the war. Submissions can be written, recorded or videotaped and sent to Maine Public at mystory@mainepublic.org. The stories will be collected and archived here and some may be shared with the greater Maine audience.