Reel Asian is proud to co-present documentary Last Days in Vietnam from award-winning filmmaker, Rory Kennedy. The gripping film chronicles the final frantic days of the Vietnam War when American citizens and soldiers were ordered by the U.S. government to evacuate the country in 1975. The film offers a different perspective to this particular war story that is not often explored in the historical documentation of the Vietnam War. Rory Kennedy will provide Skype Q&A following the screening on January 16.
LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM
Dir. Rory Kennedy (Skype Q&A after the screening)
Friday January 16, 2015 @ 6:30pm*
Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (506 Bloor Street West)
*Opening screening date. For full film schedule, please visit here for more.
SYNOPSIS: Award-winning director Rory Kennedy takes a stunning look at the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War. As the North Vietnamese Army closes in on Saigon and a Communist victory becomes inevitable, the small number of American diplomats and military operatives still in the country prepare to withdraw. With no prospect of an official evacuation of South Vietnamese, they are faced with a difficult choice: obey White House orders to only evacuate US citizens or risk treason charges to try and save their South Vietnamese allies, friends and families from certain imprisonment and possible death. With the clock ticking and the city under fire, a number of heroic Americans take matters into their own hands, engaging in unsanctioned and often makeshift operations in a desperate effort to save as many lives as possible. More…