September 5, 2014
Studio: American Experience Films
Director: Rory Kennedy
MPAA Rating: N/A
The latest documentary from Rory Kennedy ("Ghosts of Abu Ghraib," "Ethel") is a riveting moment-by-moment recounting of the dramatic events surrounding the 1975 military evacuation of Saigon. During the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army closed in on Saigon as the panicked South Vietnamese people desperately attempted to escape. On the ground, American soldiers and diplomats confronted a moral quandary: whether to obey White House orders to evacuate only U.S. citizens or risk being charged with treason and save the lives of as many South Vietnamese citizens as they could. With time running out and the city under fire, an unlikely group of heroes emerged as Americans and South Vietnamese took matters into their own hands.