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Rory Kennedy recounts the 1975 fall of Saigon in new film
Rory Kennedy recounts the 1975 fall of Saigon in new film

Rory Kennedy thought she already knew something of the Vietnam War, of its tragedy and lingering scars on America and the Vietnamese. When she was approached about making a documentary on the final hours of U.S. involvement there, the director wondered whether the story hadn't already been told many times over since 1975. She had seen the news footage: the military choppers being pushed into the sea from the U.S. destroyer escort Kirk, the ships overloaded with desperate Vietnamese families, the long line of people leading to a rooftop helicopter evacuation. "I felt like, 'Hasn't that already been excavated? Don't we know this? Can I tell an original story...

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