Preview screening of new Ken Burns documentary ‘The Vietnam War’ at Pebble Hill Aug. 29

Published: August 22, 2017
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The public is invited to a preview screening of "The Vietnam War," a new documentary from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, Aug. 29 at 6 p.m. at Pebble Hill.

Burns and Novick’s 10-part, 18-hour documentary series, "The Vietnam War," tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive and controversial events in American history as it has never before been told on film. Visceral and immersive, the series explores the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides—Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as combatants and civilians from North and South Vietnam.

Ten years in the making, the series includes rarely seen and digitally remastered archival footage from sources around the globe, photographs taken by some of the most celebrated photojournalists of the 20th century, historic television broadcasts, evocative home movies and secret audio recordings from inside the Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon administrations. The documentary in its entirety is set to air on Alabama Public Television beginning Sept. 17.

Following the screening, Blake Busbin will moderate a panel discussion with local Vietnam War veterans. Busbin, who teaches social studies at Auburn High School, began the Auburn High School Veterans Project in 2014 through which students record oral history interviews with local veterans.

The event is free and open to the public. The film contains mature content, strong language and graphic violence that may not be suitable for all audiences. The Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities at Pebble Hill is located at 101 S. Debardeleben St. in Auburn.

For more information on the program, call 334-844-4903 or visit

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