Ken Burns Turns Camera Next to Vietnam

10- to 12-hour documentary will air in 2016
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 29, 2011 6:22 AM CDT

(Newser) – Ken Burns' next project will wade into the quagmire known as America's "war of lost illusions:" Vietnam. PBS announced the project, already in production, yesterday, reports Time, and expects to air it in 2016. Burns mentioned a Vietnam project in 2007 when promoting The War, but said he wanted to wait until veterans were "at the age where their advancing age will provide them with the kind of perspectives that we've been able to tap into for this film."

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“Today, more than four decades after it ended, nearly everyone has an opinion about the Vietnam War, but few Americans truly know its history and there is little consensus about what happened there, or why,” said Burns in a statement. “Our series will shed light both on the history of the war, and on our inability to find common ground about it.” (Read more Ken Burns stories.)

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