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AETN to host free preview screening of 'The Vietnam War' in Fayetteville

Posted 12 Sep 2017

The Arkansas Educational Television Network will host a free preview screening of the documentary film series "The Vietnam War," Saturday, Sept. 16, at 2 p.m. in Fayetteville.

The screening, which is open to the public, will be held at the Fayetteville Public Library, 401 W. Mountain St. An opportunity for discussion featuring a group of panelists will follow the screening.

Panelists include: Retired Col. Karen Lloyd, Library of Congress Veterans History Project director; Roy Reed, author and retired New York Times and Arkansas Gazette journalist; Preston Jones, Vietnam War scholar and history professor at John Brown University; and Jim Hale, local Vietnam War veteran. KUAF news director Kyle Kellams will moderate.

Lloyd will also be the keynote speaker.

"The Vietnam War," directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, will premiere on AETN Sunday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. An immersive, 360-degree narrative, the 10-part, 18-hour documentary film series tells the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never before been told on film. The first five episodes will air Sept. 17 through Thursday, Sept. 21, and the final five episodes will air Sunday, Sept. 24, through Thursday, Sept. 28, at 7 each night.

"The Vietnam War" features testimony from nearly 100 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.

Ten years in the making, the series includes rarely seen, digitally remastered archival footage, photographs taken by some of the most celebrated photojournalists of the 20th century, historic television broadcasts, evocative home movies, and revelatory audio recordings from inside the Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon administrations.

The film will be accompanied by an outreach and public engagement program, providing opportunities for communities to participate in a national conversation about what happened during the Vietnam War, what went wrong and what lessons are to be learned. Viewers are encouraged to join the conversation: #VietnamWarPBS.

AETN's local initiative, "AETN Salutes Arkansas Vietnam Veterans," also includes the following:

Additional information about AETN's local initiative, including complete information on how to get involved, is available at aetn.org/thevietnamwar.

Funding for "The Vietnam War" is provided by Bank of America; Corporation for Public Broadcasting; PBS; David H. Koch; The Blavatnik Family Foundation; Park Foundation; The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations; The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; National Endowment for the Humanities; The Pew Charitable Trusts; Ford Foundation Just Films; Rockefeller Brothers Fund; and Members of The Better Angels Society.

The Arkansas Educational Television Network is Arkansas's only statewide public media network, which enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers through the distinct channels AETN PBS, AETN Create, AETN PBS KIDS, AETN World and AETN AIRS on SAP. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. Additional information is available at aetn.org. AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro) and KETZ (El Dorado).