PBS announced today that production is under way on a documentary series from Ken Burns and his longtime partner Lynn Novick. The series, which will run 10 to 12 hours, is “Vietnam,” and is scheduled to air in 2016.
“The series will explore the military, political, cultural, social, and human dimensions of what has been called ‘the war of lost illusions,’” PBS said in a press release. “It will focus primarily on the human experience of the conflict, using eyewitness testimonies of so-called ‘ordinary’ people–Americans as well as Vietnamese–whose lives were touched by the war. Parallel to the unfolding military narrative, the series will also tell the story of the millions of American citizens who became deeply opposed to it, taking to the streets in some of the largest protest demonstrations the nation has seen.”
Added Burns: “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. Our series will shed light both on the history of the war and on our inability to find common ground about it.”
PBS also announced that it will rebroadcast the Ken Burns series “The Civil War” starting this Sunday, April 3, in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. The broadcasts will run through April 7.