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Last Days in Vietnam: Ellsworth

April 9, 2015 | 7:00pm | The Grand, Ellsworth

A PBS American Experience film

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April 9th at 7 PM, at The Grand, 165 Main St, Ellsworth.

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Last Days in Vietnam posterIn April of 1975, the North Vietnamese Army was closing in on Saigon as South Vietnamese resistance was crumbling. Approximately 5,000 Americans remained with roughly 24 hours to get out. Their South Vietnamese allies, co-workers, and friends faced certain imprisonment and possible death if they remained behind, yet there was no official evacuation plan in place. Still, over the last days in Vietnam, with the clock ticking and the city under fire, 135,000 South Vietnamese managed to escape with help from a number of heroic Americans who took matters into their own hands, engaging in unsanctioned and often makeshift operations in a desperate effort to save as many people as possible.

The Oscar-nominated documentary film Last Days in Vietnam, produced and directed by Rory Kennedy, will be screened for free across the state of Maine before its broadcast date of April 28, 2015, on MPBN television, as part of the series American ExperienceThere will be a facilitated discussion after each viewing.

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