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Hearts and Minds
Part of the Series: Criterion World Documentaries Collection
A courageous and startling film, Peter Davis's landmark documentary Hearts and Minds unflinchingly confronts the United States' involvement in Vietnam. Using a wealth of sources--from interviews to newsreels to documentary footage of the conflict at home and abroad--Davis constructs a…
The Cause - 1861
Part of the Series: Ken Burns: The Civil War
PBS
Beginning with a searing indictment of slavery, this first episode dramatically evokes the causes of the war, from the Cotton Kingdom of the South to the northern abolitionists who opposed it. Here are the burning questions of Union and States'…
Thank You For Your Service - The Reality of War Inflicted Mental Illnesses
The U.S. military faces a mental health crisis of historic proportions. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE takes aim at our superficial understanding of war trauma and the failed policies that result. Director Tom Donahue (Casting By) interweaves the stories of…
Last Days in Vietnam
Part of the Series: American Experience
PBS
April, 1975. During the chaotic final days of the American involvement in the Vietnam War, as the North Vietnamese Army closed in on Saigon, South Vietnamese resistance crumbled. City after city and village after village fell to the North while…
War Redefined
Part of the Series: Women, War & Peace
PBS
The capstone of Women, War & Peace, War Redefined challenges the conventional wisdom that war and peace are men's domain through incisive interviews with leading thinkers, Secretaries of State and seasoned survivors of war and peace-making. Their experiences reveal how…
The Children of Chabannes - Rescue, Refugees, & Moral Courage
In the spirit of Louis Malle's "Au Revoir les Enfants" and Steven Spielberg's "Schindler's List," the Emmy Award-winning documentary "The Children of Chabannes" has been called "a moving record of the unassuming, uncompromising heroism of ordinary people" (New York Times)…
Okinawa: The Afterburn - A Comprehensive Look at the Battle of Okinawa
Released in Japan on the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Okinawa, OKINAWA: THE AFTERBURN is the first documentary to provide a comprehensive look at the battle and the ensuing 70-year occupation of Okinawa by the United States military. On…
Peace Unveiled
Part of the Series: Women, War & Peace
PBS
When the U.S. troop surge was announced in late 2009, women in Afghanistan knew that the ground was being laid for peace talks with the Taliban. Peace Unveiled follows three women who immediately began to organize to make sure that…
Rebel - Loreta Velazquez - Secret Soldier of the American Civil War
PBS
In 1861, at the outbreak of the American Civil War, a teenager from New Orleans headed to the front lines. Under the alias Harry T. Buford, he fought at First Bull Run, was wounded at Shiloh, and served as a…
A Necessary War
Part of the Series: Ken Burns: The War
PBS
Episode One "A Necessary War" December 1941-December 1942 After a haunting overview of the Second World War, an epoch of killing that engulfed the world from 1939 to 1945 and cost at least 50 million lives, the inhabitants of four…
Forever Free - 1862
Part of the Series: Ken Burns: The Civil War
PBS
This episode charts the dramatic events that led to Lincoln's decision to set the slaves free. Convinced by July 1862 that emancipation was now morally and militarily crucial to the future of the Union, Lincoln must wait for a victory…
A Very Bloody Affair - 1862
Part of the Series: Ken Burns: The Civil War
PBS
1862 saw the birth of modern warfare and the transformation of Lincoln's war to preserve the Union into a war to emancipate the slaves. Episode Two begins with the political infighting that threatened to swamp Lincoln's administration and then follows…
Nuclear Savage
"John is a savage, but a happy, amenable savage." -1950's newsreel footage of Marshall Islanders Featuring recently declassified U.S. government documents, survivor testimony, and unseen archival footage, Nuclear Savage uncovers one of the most troubling chapters in modern American history:…
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The Universe of Battle - 1863
Part of the Series: Ken Burns: The Civil War
PBS
This episode opens with a dramatic account of the turning point of war: the Battle of Gettysburg, the greatest ever fought in the Western Hemisphere. For three days 150,000 men will fight to the death in the Pennsylvania countryside, culminating…
Hitler and the Charisma of Hatred
Part of the Series: The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler
BBC
Adolf Hitler was, arguably, the most extraordinary leader who has ever lived. He left behind a legacy of destruction without parallel in history. Yet there is a paradox at the heart of the story of Hitler: given his violent and…
Valley of the Shadow of Death - 1864
Part of the Series: Ken Burns: The Civil War
PBS
Episode six begins with a biographical comparison of Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee and then chronicles the extraordinary series of battles that pitted the two generals against each other from the wilderness to Petersburg in Virginia. In 30…
I Came to Testify
Part of the Series: Women, War & Peace
PBS
When the Balkans exploded into war in the 1990s, reports that tens of thousands of women were being systematically raped as a tactic of ethnic cleansing captured the international spotlight. I Came to Testify is the moving story of how…
War is All Hell - 1865
Part of the Series: Ken Burns: The Civil War
PBS
The episode begins with William Tecumseh Sherman's brilliant march to the sea, which brings the war to the heart of Georgia and the Carolinas and spells the end of the Confederacy. In March, following Lincoln's second inauguration, first Petersburg and…
The Holocaust: What The Allies Knew
This documentary delves into never before seen archival footage and documents to investigate how much the Allies knew about the mass murder of Europe's Jews during World War II and why they did not do more to stop it. WHAT…
Occupation 101: Voices of the Silenced Majority
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is widely viewed in the US as one of the most complicated geopolitical disputes in the world. But there are also signs that Americans are unfamiliar with one of the core flashpoints of the conflict: the exact…