Last Days in Vietnam (2014)

Last Days in Vietnam is a 2014 American documentary film written, produced and directed by Rory Kennedy. The film had its world premiere at 2014 Sundance Film Festival on January 17, 2014. During the chaotic final weeks of the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army closes in on Saigon as the panicked South Vietnamese people desperately attempt to escape. On the ground, American soldiers and diplomats confront the same moral quandary: whether to obey White House orders to evacuate U.S. citizens only—or to risk punishment and save the lives of as many South Vietnamese citizens as they can. The events recounted in the film mainly center on the US evacuation of Saigon codenamed Operation Frequent Wind. Interviewees included Henry Kissinger, Richard Armitage, Frank Snepp, Stuart Herrington, and Terry McNamara among numerous others. Last Days in Vietnam received positive reviews from critics. Rob Nelson of Variety, said in his review, ‘Rory Kennedy’s documentary combines astonishing footage from Saigon in April 1975 with contemporary recollections from some who were there.’ Justin Lowe in his review for The Hollywood Reporter praised the film by saying, ‘A virtually untold chapter of American history still poignantly resonates nearly four decades later.’ Mary Sollosi of Indiewire, grade the film B+ and said, ‘While the documentary hardly breaks any new creative ground, its powerful content speaks for itself by revealing a harrowing episode of the Vietnam War — already a troubling chapter of American history.’ …”
NY Times: Witnesses to the Collapse (Video)
Roger Ebert
YouTube: Last Days in Vietnam – Trailer
YouTube: Last Days in Vietnam Full movie 1:27:58

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