Monday, January 23, 2017

Last Days in Vietnam (2014)

Academy Awards, USA 2015

Best Documentary, Feature
Rory Kennedy
Keven McAlester

American Experience Films
Directed by Rory Kennedy
My rating: 3 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia

As the north Vietnamese invade the country after the withdrawal of American troops, the last few remaining in Saigon converge on the American embassy hoping to evacuate. Tens of thousands south Vietnamese also arrive, climbing the walls or using vague personal connections. The American ambassador refuses to recognize the dire situation until it is almost too late. Once the airport is bombed out, the only option left is evacuation by helicopter, and they have only one day to do it. The ending of the Vietnam War is no different than the rest of it: poorly planned and morally bankrupt, with the south Vietnamese bearing the brunt of the suffering.

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